MEET KACY LYONS HATMAKER … THE GIRL THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IS OUT TO DESTROY
According to a warrant issued for his arrest earlier this week, Kimbrell – who is still being held behind bars without bond – is accused of fondling and committing other sexual acts against his three-year-old son, Tristan Kimbrell. Supporters of the Greenville, S.C. “Republican” have rallied to his defense, blaming the allegations on his ex-wife, Kacy Kimbrell.
We’ve covered this story extensively given Kimbrell’s close connections to several prominent elected officials – including S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. Kimbrell has also been viewed as a coveted endorsement in the Palmetto State’s “First in the South” 2016 presidential primary. On top of that, he’s also spoken openly about his desire to become a politician himself one day – and some of his closest social conservative allies recently completed a coup of the local “Republican” party.
So who is in the other corner of this rapidly unfolding drama?
Kimbrell’s ex-wife … although she isn’t named Kacy Kimbrell anymore. She remarried recently, and is named Kacy Lyons Hatmaker.
What do we know about her? Not much … other than she and her ex-husband have spent much of the last three years in family court in Greenville, S.C. (docket record HERE).
Oh, and we know Hatmaker is being fitted for a black hat in this drama by Joshua Kimbrell’s allies.
“Josh is in the midst of a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife to maintain an on-going parenting relationship with his three year-old son,” a statement posted to Kimbrell’s website this week read. “It is not uncommon that allegations such as these arise in the course of such disputes, particularly when the complainant, in this case the ex-wife, can benefit from the allegations.”
This statement – an obvious shot across Hatmaker’s bow – was attributed to the board of the directors of the Palmetto Conservative Alliance, a group which includes three members of Nikki Haley’s faith and family group (a group Kimbrell was also a member of).
It’s also exceedingly tame language compared to some of the incendiary tips we’ve received about Hatmaker ever since this story broke.
So … which end is up?
As we’ve said from the beginning this drama, there is no more virulent allegation than one involving the molestation of a child – especially when the child is one’s own flesh and blood.
“If Kimbrell is innocent, then his accuser is guilty of the most insidious character assassination we’ve ever seen,” we wrote early on in this case. “If he’s guilty, though, there is literally no punishment we view as too severe.”
That’s true … although with this story less than a week old, it’s safe to say both Kimbrell and Hatmaker are seeing their character assassinated.
What remains to be proven is which one of them deserves it …