ALLEGATIONS OF BLACKMAIL, THREATS SWIRL BEHIND THE SCENES
By FITSNEWS || Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel broke up with his girlfriend Kathryn Dennis (the mother of his seven-month-old child) over social media this weekend.
And yeah … seems like there’s a lot of that going on in South Carolina politics these days.
Anyway, the 52-year-old star of Bravo TV’s Southern Charm reality show announced the end of his relationship with Dennis – his 23-year-old co-star – via Facebook Sunday evening. In his post, Ravenel accused Dennis of refusing to promptly clear him of recent assault allegations against her hair stylist, Lauren Moser.
During that October 17 incident – which occurred at the Charleston, S.C. home the couple shared – Ravenel also allegedly fell into a pool while carrying his baby.
Wait … didn’t Dennis have her man’s back in that case? Yes …
Not fast enough, according to Ravenel …
“When the allegations surfaced that I had assaulted Kathryn Dennis’ hairdresser, I pleaded with Kathryn to leave the Bravo shoot in Jekyll Island,” Ravenel wrote. “They had even packed her bags and had lined up a driver. She told me she was coming to clear my name but then she backed out at the last second and delayed telling the truth by 1 an 1/2 days. $900k of my campaign money down the drain.”
“The investigators even told me that if she would have come and corroborated the accuser’s story I would be cleared,” he continued. “The temptation of missing film time was a more a important value to her. So telling. Our relationship is over.”
If that sounds a bit contrived, there may be a reason why …
Sources familiar with the dust-up tell FITS that Dennis actually broke up with Ravenel first – at which point he allegedly threatened her and attempted to bribe her in an effort to “keep this private.”
Other threats were said to have been made – including one alleged death threat against a 24-year-old female political operative who is friends with Dennis.
Ravenel has quit Southern Charm twice – only to return to the show both times.
This website initially supported Ravenel’s candidacy, but several weeks ago we stopped having anything to do with it (and him) when we began to suspect the whole thing was about reality television ratings, not real world political issues.
(For our report on that, CLICK HERE).
Ravenel showed flashes of his policy brilliance during a recent radio interview with former S.C. lieutenant governor Ken Ard – but he’s been unable to avoid pitfalls in his personal life.
UPDATE: Ravenel has removed his Facebook post. Here’s the screen grab …