'Southern Charm' star Thomas Ravenel under investigation for alleged rape
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police say reality TV star and former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is under investigation for an allegation of rape.
According to an incident report from Charleston Police, a woman went to the police department on Monday and told investigators she was sexually assaulted by the "Southern Charm"' star around the second week of January 2015. The woman told police the sexual assault occurred at a home on Charlotte Street.
The incident report was heavily redacted and only stated the woman went to the police department to file the report.
Police are investigating the allegations but have not filed any charges.
Ravenel sent a text message in response to a request for comment stating the allegation is "absolutely false." He declined to comment further.
In December, Charleston interviewer Quintin Washington asked Ravenel about his thoughts on high-profile people being accused of sexual assault.
"I've got a big target on my back," Ravenel said. "I'm a pretty well-known guy and people know I have resources. I'm not going to put myself in a position where I can be you know, I can be extorted for money by a bunch of trial lawyers."
Ravenel was South Carolina Treasurer when he was arrested on federal charges of distribution of cocaine. In 2007, Ravenel pleaded guilty, resigned his post and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
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