Nanny Sues Southern Charm’s Thomas Ravenel, Bravo, and NBC for ‘Assault, Slander and Libel’ After Alleged Sexual Assault

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Nanny Sues Southern Charm's Thomas Ravenel, Bravo, NBC for Assault

Thomas Ravenel is in more hot water.

After facing claims of sexual assaults from numerous women over the past several months, one of those women, his former nanny Dawn Ledwell, has filed a lawsuit against the ex-Southern Charm star and his former employers, Bravo TV, NBC Universal, Comcast, and the production company behind the reality series.

According to court documents obtained by Radar Online on December 11, Dawn is accusing all parties of “assault, slander and libel.”

In her documents, Dawn revealed details of Thomas’ alleged January 2015 attack, stating he “violently and aggressively” ripped off her clothes and forced his hands between her legs, which caused “severe and significant injuries.” She also accused Thomas of trying “to engage in sexual intercourse” with her against her will.

Thomas’ “conduct was so extreme and outrageous as to exceed all bounds of decency and must be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community,” her documents explained.

As for the additional parties included in her lawsuit, Dawn said Bravo TV, NBC Universal, and the other companies “created, permitted and encouraged Southern Charm plot lines that focus on alcohol, sexual encounters, and the concept that male cast members, including Defendant Ravenel, suffer from ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ and they are the ‘Lost Boys’ and Charleston is their ‘Neverland.’”

According to Dawn, she told an employee of one of her “corporate defendants” about Thomas’ alleged assault in December 2015 but they “failed to investigate” her accusations.

“Corporate Defendants and Ravenel have conspired with one another to deter the investigations of assaults committed by Defendant Ravenel,” she claimed.

Dawn added that she has not been contacted by any of the “corporate defendants” since her allegations were made public in May of this year. Instead, her allegations were simply mentioned in a public statement made around that time.

“Haymaker, the production company for Southern Charm, and Bravo take allegations like these very seriously. Haymaker is conducting an investigation, and once all the information is gathered and carefully reviewed, appropriate action will be taken,” the statement read.

Months later, as Thomas was taken into custody in regard to his alleged assault on Dawn, he was removed from his role on Southern Charm.

Neither Thomas nor Bravo are yet to comment on this lawsuit.

Photo Credit: South Carolina Police Department, Bravo TV