Thomas Ravenel Accused of Sexually Assaulting Nanny While Baby Slept Nearby
Updating a previous story, Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel has been accused of sexual assault by two different women.
Initially, only one woman was identified.
Now, the other has come forward to reveal herself, and viewers of the Bravo guilty pleasure reality series will recognize her.
A woman whom viewers know as “Nanny Dawn” has identified herself to People as the woman who reported Ravenel to police on May 7.
Dawn, who asked People to refrain from using her last name, appeared on Southern Charm as the nanny for Ravenel’s two young children.
She reveals that, though he is now under investigation by police, she is not overly optimistic about him actually facing justice.
“Although I believe he should be in jail for his crimes, the reality according to statistics is that he will go unpunished.”
She’s right about the statistics, though many have pointed out that after Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict, the tide may turn.
That outcome was once thought almost impossible despite 60 accusers, but the #MeToo movement has shifted the culture.
Perhaps the quest for justice in sexual assault cases brought against powerful people is no longer as hopeless as it once was.
But either way, Dawn is coming forward for a reason:
“I feel the only justice I will receive is to share my story in the efforts to educate the public and support assault survivors.”
Dawn was also willing to share details of her claims.
She says that in January of 2015, she reported for work as the controversial reality star was heading out to dinner.
“Thomas returned home from an evening with friends,” she says, adding that she was still working at the time, though his young children were asleep.
“I had just finished making baby food and was drying baby bottles.”
She says that he then turned off the light.
When she told him that she needed the lights on to see, she alleges that he entered the room and attempted to kiss her.
She says that she did her best to discourage him: “I told him ‘this isn’t appropriate. I work for you.’ He then hugged me as an alternative.”
She felt immobilized.
“I had baby bottles in my hands, so I couldn’t hug him,” she recalls, disturbingly. “It felt like he was putting his weight on me.”
There are some jobs where hugging a coworker is appropriate, but this situation sounds very uncomfortable to say the least.
So much so that she decided to leave.
“I went upstairs to get my jacket which had the key to my vehicle in the pocket,” Dawn adds, but her plans were soon foiled.
Unfortunately, she was unable to escape:
“I was corralled into the master bedroom and he shut the door behind me. I turned around and he had his pants dropped, not wearing underwear.”
That is not good at all.
“He was blocking the door. I was mortified, embarrassed, and scared.”
On top of everything else, she says that she was instinctively unwilling to make noise because Ravenel’s daughter was sleeping nearby.
“I was unsure what to do because Kensie was sleeping very close by,” Dawn says.
She alleges that he then attacked:
“He proceeded to rip my clothes off, and I struggled to redress.”
She remembers her fears at the time.
“I remember how worried I was that I may have to run outside in the January cold without clothes on and in an upscale neighborhood,” she says.
“I lived almost an hour away so I would have to drive home naked.”
She does not publicly share further details of the assault itself, and we absolutely do not blame her.
Police in South Carolina have confirmed that Ravenel is currently under investigation.
They are apparently looking at him for “first-degree forcible rape.”
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Dawn says that, weeks later, Ravenel apologized to her for what happened and “promised it would never happen again.”
She says that eventually she told someone what had happened, which resulted in Ravenel harassing her through alleged “butt-dials.”
Ultimately, he replaced her with Nanny Deidre.
More details to follow as this story develops.
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