Police: Assault allegations against Thomas Ravenel unfounded

VIDEO: Thomas Ravenel cites personal problems, late start in US Senate loss

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police officials say assault allegations brought against Thomas Ravenel were unfounded following an investigation.

Authorities announced their findings Friday night and said that the case was closed. Ravenel had tweeted out Friday afternoon that a detective had contacted him and said the allegations against him were unfounded.

The investigation started after a 32-year-old Moncks Corner woman, who identified herself as a friend of Ravenel's girlfriend, Kathryn Dennis,told police Ravenel assaulted her at his home on Charlotte Street last month.

The woman said the incident took place on Oct. 17 and told investigators that Ravenel had swung a door which hit her knee. Police say the woman told officers that she was struck a second time by the door which caused her to topple backwards into some bushes.

When news of the allegations began to surface, Ravenel said they were untrue and he was confident that the truth would come out.

Last week, Ravenel said his personal problems were a factor in his loss for a US Senate seat which Lindsey Graham won.

"Starting late is very difficult, that together with some of my personal problems, quite frankly, affected my ability to get the message out," Ravenel said."Had I not had those issues, I think that we would've done a lot better."

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