Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel has pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and battery for charges stemming from allegations from a former nanny who accused him of rape.
In exchange for his guilty plea, Ravenel has agreed to a $500 fine and a 30-day suspended jail sentence. He will be on probation in lieu of jail time.
Dawn Ledwell, his children's former nanny filed a police report against him in June 2018, accusing him of trying to kiss her while she was cleaning his home one evening. From there, the incident escalated.
"Your honor, on the night of the incident I did attempt to kiss her and in so doing I grabbed her arm, and that was wrong, and I am much appreciative of the opportunity to apologize to her in court today," Ravenel said in court per Deadline.
Ravenel settled a claim with Ledwell for $200,000 he met on Tinder. The woman claimed that he had her sign a non-disclosure agreement, but the woman's daughter brought up the allegations online.