Thomas Ravenel Biography
Thomas Ravenel Bio
|Thomas Ravenel was born on 11th August 1962. He is a politician, former State Treasurer, and an Actor. He is the son of former South Carolina Congressman Arthur Ravenel Jr.
As of 2018, he stars on the Bravo reality-television series Southern Charm and was an Independent candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 election in South Carolina. He is also a member of the French Huguenot Church in Charleston.
|Thomas Ravenel Age||He was born on 11th August 1962Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.|
|Political party||Independent (formerly Republican)|
|Thomas Ravenel Children||
|Thomas Ravenel Education||The Citadel University of South Carolina, Columbia|
|Thomas Ravenel Ex-Wife||Mary Ryan Ravenel (m. 1995–1998)|
|Thomas Ravenel Ex-Girlfriend||Kathryn Dennis (With whom he had two children)|
|Thomas Ravenel Siblings||Renée Brockinton, Eva Ravenel, Arthur Ravenel III, Suzanne Ravenel, William Ravenel|
|Thomas Ravenel Parents||Arthur Ravenel, Jr., Louise Rodgers|
|Thomas Ravenel TV Show||Southern Charm|
Treasurer of South Carolina
|In office January 10, 2007 – July 24, 2007|
|Preceded by||Grady Patterson|
|Succeeded by||Converse Chellis|
Thomas Ravenel Sexual battery allegations
On Tuesday, 25th September 2018, The Southern Charm alum was booked around 10 a.m. morning in Charleston County, S.C. on charges of alleged assault and battery second degree, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office inmate records.
While the circumstances surrounding his arrest are unclear, Ravenel is currently in custody.
In April 2018, Ashley Perkins, a Florida-based real estate agent, claimed that Ravenel sexually battered her mother after meeting him on the dating app, Tinder, in December 2015. Perkins claims her mother later told her that Ravenel “stuck his penis in her face” and held her arms back while sticking his fingers inside her vagina and anus. Perkins said she did not witness the battery, but that her mother seemed “very withdrawn” and finally confided in her. According to Perkins, her mother is unable to publicly discuss the case due to a non-disclosure agreement negotiated by attorney Gloria Allred as part of an alleged $200,000 settlement with Ravenel. However, Perkins, who claims to be a witness to the mediation process between her mother and Ravenel, was not bound to such an agreement and therefore able to publicly disclose the details of the case.
Bravo and Southern Charm production company, Haymaker, announced on May 4, 2018, that they were taking the “allegations very seriously” and launching their investigation into their validity.
In May 2018, a second accuser—Dawn Dawn Ledwell, the former nanny of Ravenel’s children—came forward with new allegations of sexual battery against Ravenel. “Nanny Dawn” (as she was known to Southern Charm’s viewers) claims that in January 2015, Ravenel raped her after a night out with his friends: “I went upstairs to get my jacket which had the key to my vehicle in the pocket. I was corralled into the master bedroom, and he shut the door behind me. I turned around, and he had his pants dropped, not wearing underwear,” she said. “He was blocking the door. I was mortified, embarrassed, and scared.” Charleston police opened an investigation into the alleged rape after the nanny filed an incident report in early May.
Thomas Ravenel Personal Information
Ravenel parents were Arthur Ravenel, Jr. (father) and Louise Rodgers (mother). He has five siblings, including Renée Brockinton, Eva Ravenel, Arthur Ravenel III, Suzanne Ravenel, and William Ravenel. Ravenel was married to Mary “Katy” Ryan, daughter of the former Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mike Ryan, for two years. They divorced in 1998. He and his ex-girlfriend, Kathryn Dennis, have two children, a girl (Kensington Calhoun) and a boy (Saint Julian).
Thomas briefly dated Luzanne Otte, 37 in 2017. Luzanne recounts a disturbing incident with Ravenel after a night out which led to them to part ways. She is quoted saying that there are two very different sides to Ravenel – ‘daytime Thomas and evening Thomas’.
Thomas Ravenel Background Information and Education
Ravenel went to The Citadel in Charleston Campus, receiving his B.S. in 1985. He later earned his M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1991. His M.B.A. studies were focused on finance and real estate.
Ravenel is the founder the Ravenel Development Corporation, a commercial real estate company.
He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, seeking the seat left open when Fritz Hollings retired. He came in third in the Republican primary election. After Ravenel endorsed Republican Jim DeMint, DeMint went on to win the Republican runoff and the general election. Subsequently, Ravenel was fined over $19,000 by the Federal Election Commission for improperly filing the required forms for the election. Ravenel ran for South Carolina Treasurer in 2006, defeating nine-term state treasurer Democrat Grady Patterson in the 2006 general election. Ravenel endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 Republican primaries.
Ravenel is in the cast of Bravo’s Southern Charm. Ravenel lives at Brookland Plantation, an estate he purchased in 2006.
Thomas Ravenel Federal drug charges and Sentencing
In June 2007, Ravenel was indicted on federal cocaine distribution charges by US Attorney Reginald Lloyd. The charge were filled on allegations that Ravenel purchased less than 500 grams of cocaine through an intermediary in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2005, before his election as treasurer but after his abortive entry in the 2004 Senate race.
Governor Mark Sanford suspended Ravenel from his duties as state treasurer upon learning of the charges and appointed Columbia attorney Ken Wingate to replace Ravenel on an interim basis. Meanwhile, Ravenel decided to enter a rehabilitation facility, according to prosecutors.
Ravenel had been volunteering for the Rudolph Giuliani presidential campaign, serving as his South Carolina state chairman. Ravenel resigned from that post after the indictment, according to Giuliani campaign officials. The campaign subsequently replaced Ravenel with Barry Winn, who was co-chair of South Carolina finance committee.
On 24 July 2007, Ravenel resigned as Treasurer. The South Carolina General Assembly elected state Rep. Converse Chellis to serve out the remainder of his term.
Ravenel underwent a rehabilitation program in Arizona and then returned to plead guilty to “conspiring to buy and distribute less than 100 grams of cocaine” in September 2007.
Thomas Ravenel Sentencing
On Friday, March 4, 2008, Thomas Ravenel was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for drug charges against him but was not immediately ordered to report to begin his sentence.
2014 campaign for U.S. Senate
On Monday, July 14, 2014, Thomas Ravenel submitted more than 17,000 signatures, officially placing him on the ballot as an independent candidate against incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham. He finished a distant third place, garnering 3.9% of the vote.