The S.C. Supreme Court has suspended former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers’ law license in the wake of his recent indictment on harassment charges.

Viers, 34, was arrested in January and charged with harassing his former girlfriend Candace Bessinger, grandddaughter of South Carolina barbecue magnate Maurice Bessinger. The five-term lawmaker gave up his seat in the S.C. House last month prior to being indicted on those charges.

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Did Viers really harass Bessinger? Based on numerous emails obtained by FITS, Viers comes off more as lovestruck than threatening … although he has run into trouble in the past for making threatening comments.

Under the terms of his suspension Viers cannot practice law or access any cases at his law firm.

A one-time favorite to win South Carolina’s newly drawn seventh congressional district, Viers dropped out of the race shortly after his arrest in January. Previously his candidacy had been enthusiastically endorsed by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.