Thomas Ravenel has pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and battery after his children’s former nanny accused him of rape.
The former Southern Charm star, 57, appeared in Charleston County court Wednesday morning, where he received a 30-day sentence suspended to a $500 fine for the crime, according to WCSC.
Ravenel will pay a $500 fine and go on probation in lieu of jail time.
While Ravenel’s victim was not present in court, the judge read a letter she had written to the reality star. Ravenel agreed to the facts of the case.
On Sept. 25, 2018, the star, 56, was arrested and charged with sexual assault and battery in the second degree, four months after Nanny Dawn accused him of rape.
Dawn alleged that in 2015, while his daughter Kensington Calhoun (with ex-girlfriend and costar Katherine Dennis) was sleeping nearby, Ravenel “corralled” her into the master bedroom, dropped his pants, blocked the door and “proceeded to rip my clothes off.” Without going into further detail, Dawn said she eventually got away.
According to the affidavit, issued by the Charleston Police Department and obtained by PEOPLE, “the victim, to be named later at the court’s discretion, was working for the defendant as a nanny at the above location. While inside the location, [Ravenel] undressed and made sexual advances on the victim.”
“After escaping the assault, the victim called her then ex-husband and sister and told them of the incident, fled the scene and notified several family members of the incident. Photographs were then taken immediately of the injuries to her neck and chest,” the affidavit states. “Detectives corroborated the incident date and location through employment records of the victim and defendant, and interviewed multiple witnesses, to be named at the court’s discretion, who substantiated the post-assault information. Detectives also retrieved the photographs taken by the victim, which are appropriately time-stamped in reference to the incident.”
Ravenel denied Dawn’s allegations through his lawyer, as well as a separate sexual assault accusation from a woman he met on Tinder in 2015.
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