A federal judge has just dismissed a civil case filed against Bravo and Southern Charm‘s producers by Thomas Ravenel‘s former nanny, Dawn Ledwell. However, the case is far from over.
Weeks after Dawn’s case against the companies, including Haymaker Content, LLC, Bravo Media Productions, Inc., NBC Universal Media, LLC, and Comcast Corporation, was moved to the federal court, U.S. district court judge Richard Gergel opted to dismiss the case without prejudice on Friday, January 17.
Fit News confirmed the ruling on Tuesday and explained that while the case was dismissed by the judge, Dawn does have the ability to refile her case if a deal is not reached during arbitration.
“The Court ORDERS Plaintiff Dawn Ledwell and Defendants Haymaker Media, Inc., Bravo Media Productions LLC, NBCUniversal Media, LLC, and Comcast Corporation to arbitrate their dispute in accordance with the Agreements. All claims against Defendants Haymaker Media, Inc., Bravo Media Productions LLC, NBCUniversal Media, LLC, and Comcast Corporation are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. AND IT IS SO ORDERED,” the judge wrote.
According to the report, Thomas wasn’t mentioned in the dismissal of the case because he struck a deal with Dawn privately last year that removed him from her case. As Southern Charm fans will recall, Thomas pled guilty to assault in September after Dawn accused him of forcing himself on her in 2015.
As part of the deal, Thomas made an $80,000 donation in Dawn’s name to People Against Rape, a nonprofit organization described as a “sexual assault advocacy program offering free support and services for survivors of sexual assault,” and he was able to avoid jail time.
While Dawn’s case has been dismissed, it isn’t closed quite yet. Instead, the case will be sent to arbitration because of two separate agreements the former nanny signed, one prior to her agreement with Thomas in September and one after.
In his ruling on Friday, Judge Gergel noted that Dawn had been employed as Thomas’ nanny prior to joining Southern Charm and pointed out that she had agreed to mediate any disputes before filing a legal suit, which she didn’t do.
Because of Dawn’s failure to mediate with Bravo and the Southern Charm producers, the judge ordered all parties to arbitration. Ultimately, if they are unable to settle their dispute in private, they could end up back in civil court.