Every time I watch Southern Charm, I want to book a flight to Charleston and have a Pacifico at one of the bars overlooking the Ravenel Bridge at sunset. And maybe even see Craig Conover, Austen Kroll, Cameran Eubanks, and Shep Rose throwing back a few. OK-maybe Shep should stick with the sparkling water!
Southern Charm has one of the most interesting casts of any reality show-and the stars actually hang out together in the offseason! An exception to the chumminess of the cast is former Charmer Thomas Ravenel. He has been vehement in his anger towards the show since last year and now the litigious Mr. Ravenel has filed more court documents related to Southern Charm-and even claims the show has ruined his reputation. Yes, you read that right-ruined his reputation!
In court documents obtained by The Blast, Thomas asked the judge to seal his entire custody battle with former love Kathryn Dennis. In his motion, Thomas also asked that a gag order be issued, prohibiting either party from discussing the case. Thomas says that if the order is issued, it would mean that Bravo could not air any footage of Kathryn talking about the case.
Thomas went on to argue, “I do not believe Kathryn and Bravo should profit from this litigation and from the pain and suffering it has caused me and will inevitably cause our children.” Kathryn has also asked for the court records to be sealed, so it would seem the two are in agreement on at least this matter.
The most dramatic part of Thomas’ filing is his declaration, “The worst mistake of my life was agreeing to be the star of the reality TV show Southern Charm. It amplified my past notoriety, showcased my wealth I accumulated through decades of hard work, and made me a walking target for men and women eager to get in front of the camera. Most importantly, it caused embarrassment and pain to my parents, my sisters and my children.”
I would have thought that the worst mistake of Thomas’ life would have been engaging in behavior that resulted in him being sentenced to federal prison on a drug charge, but we all have our priorities! And I wonder how Thomas’ children will feel someday knowing that the show that introduced their parents to each other is what he considers to be the biggest mistake of his life?
Last November, Thomas also filed a lawsuit against Bravo as part of his custody battle with Kathryn, demanding that Bravo and Southern Charm producers not be allowed to broadcast unaired footage of him in future episodes. He alleged that Kathryn filed for primary custody to enhance her Southern Charm storyline. As Kathryn has been very careful in talking about Thomas and their children on the show, that seems a bit of a stretch.
According to The Blast documents, Thomas also wants Bravo’s recent motion to dismiss his lawsuit against them denied. He states, “Bravo’s business is not the truth. It profits from the dramatization and fictionalization of crafted, non-scripted events that it airs to the public as Reality TV.” It seems that Southern Charm’s dramatization was good enough for Thomas season after season-until that dramatization was no longer going his way.
In his latest motion, Thomas further declared that if the case is sealed, but a gag order isn’t issued, “Bravo and Kathryn will be at liberty to control the public narrative of this litigation and shape the story as it suits them, and my children will bear the shame of being fathered by a man the public believes is a monster, an abuser and a narcissist.” We didn’t use those words, Thomas, you did!
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It would be difficult to argue that privacy should not be a concern. Especially for the sake of the children. You do have to wonder, though-how much of Thomas’ legal filings are for the protection of his children-and how much are to protect his own best interests.
TELL US-WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THOMAS’ LATEST LEGAL MANEUVER? DO YOU THINK HE IS TRYING TO PROTECT HIS CHILDREN-OR HIMSELF- WITH HIS MOST RECENT COURT FILING?
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