Thomas Ravenel is merely under investigation for rape.
But the former Southern Charm star has now been arrested for assault and battery.
Here is the wealthy reality star’s mug shot:
According to Charleston County jail records, Ravenel was booked at 10:11 a.m. on Tuesday and, as of this writing, remains behind bars.
The circumstances surrounding his arrest are unclear, however, although news outlets say the charges are “second degree” in nature.
As mentioned at the outset of this article, Ravenel has been at the center of another, likely far more serious investigation for months.
Police started looking into Thomas back in May after a woman reported him for sexual assault.
An ex-nanny to his kids has gone on record as saying that Ravenel “corralled” her into the master bedroom, dropped his pants, blocked the door and “proceeded to rip my clothes off.”
She said this incident took place while Ravenel’s daughter was asleep in the room next door and that she managed to escape before the ordeal went any farther.
“Although I believe he should be in jail for his crimes, the reality according to statistics is that he will go unpunished,” the nanny told People Magazine, adding this spring:
“I feel the only justice I will receive is to share my story in the efforts to educate the public and support assault survivors
Another woman, meanwhile, has also accused Ravenel of attempted rape.
In this instance, Ravenel allegedly forced himself on a date back in 2015, pushing his fingers into her private parts and shoving his penis in her face.
According to this alleged victim’s daughter, the woman screamed at Ravenel that he was a “rapist,” which caused him to stop his actions long enough that she also managed to escape.
Ravenel, through his attorney, has denied both of these accusations.
“My client enjoys a certain degree of fame, which has unfortunately made him a vulnerable target for such claims,” this lawyer, Richard P. Terbrusch, said in response to this second allegation.
“The person this woman describes is simply not the man that I know. My client is a loving father, successful businessman, and upright member of the community.
He is appalled and hurt by these allegations – and is committed to defending his reputation in the appropriate legal forum.”
In response to the hit his reputation has taken as a result of these claims, Ravenel quit Southern Charm several months ago.
The lead cast member for the first five seasons of this Bravo program, he said via Twitter that producers have been making him look bad and he’s simply had enough of allowing them to do so.
“I’m not doing the show anymore,” he wrote as confirmation, proceeding to play the victim as follows:
“In the contract they have the right to fictionalize your story. They took advantage of me. I decided I’ve got too much to lose and informed them I’m not coming back.”
We have one response to Ravenel’s announcement above:
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!