Southern Allure‘s Thomas Ravenel has been accused of sexually assaulting a girl he met on Tinder in 2015.
Right estate agent Ashley Perkins alleges to PEOPLE that her mother, Debbie Holloway Perkins, met Ravenel on relationship app Tinder in October 2015 and went on a final-minute first date with him on Dec. 25 of that year. Ashley also detailed the allegations on her online web page final month.
“My shopper enjoys a obvious stage of fame and unfortunately has change into – unfairly – a target for a individual who has, individually, dubious motivations,” Ravenel’s felony kindly, Robert P. Terbrusch, tells PEOPLE in an announcement.
Ashley, 29, tells PEOPLE that she did no longer glance the alleged assault, however realized of it from her mother. “We lived in Mount Satisfying, South Carolina. He change into as soon as going to rob her up and as well they were going to exit for drinks. She agreed to that.
“I helped her prepare – she wore a diamond tennis bracelet on her wrist. Her wrist change into as soon as dazzling when she left the house. He left her voicemail announcing he obtained lost on learn how to rob her up. I idea he sounded a limited bit inebriated.”
“She will get in the car with him and he modified plans. My mom change into as soon as in true estate so he says, ‘Let me show my new residence that appropriate obtained renovated.’ She agreed,” Ashley claims.
Ravenel and Debbie rapidly after arrived at the truth well-known individual’s new home, where he gave allegedly her a tour and poured her a limited glass of wine. The pair then proceeded to tour the guest residence, where Ravenel’s nanny and two children — he shares daughter Kensie, Four, and son Saint, 2½ with ex-lady friend and Southern Allure well-known individual Kathryn Dennis — reside. (On Southern Allure, audiences maintain adopted Ravenel and Dennis’ tumultuous on-all any other time-off-all any other time relationship throughout the first four seasons, including their messy custody fight. In July 2017, Ravenel change into as soon as awarded full custody after Dennis went to rehab for a failed court-ordered drug take a look at; she is now sober.)
Upon entering the nanny’s room, Debbie allegedly advised Ashley that Ravenel started peeking out of the blinds and acknowledged, ” ‘Carry out you watch that?’ He capabilities to this bathroom that you just’ll watch from the nanny’s room. And he goes, ‘That’s where I caught [ex-girlfriend] Kathryn making out with some man.’ My mom change into as soon as like, ‘Okay.’ That’s when she acknowledged he went into this trance.”
“That’s when he turned on her. He pushes my mom onto the nanny’s mattress, grabs her wrist with one hand, then he begins looking out to drag her pants off. And he or she’s like ‘No, no, no, discontinue.’ He stuck his fingers inner of her vagina as neatly as her anus. She advised me that he held her hands support with one arm after which pulled his penis out and shoved it in her face,” says Ashley.
“My mom is extremely claustrophobic – she screamed at him and acknowledged, ‘You’re a rapist.’ He stopped, jumped off of her and change into as soon as like ‘out of his trance,’ ” Ashley claims.
After the alleged attack, Ashley claims Ravenel advised Debbie ” ‘to gain yourself an Uber.’ ”
“My mom has never been in an Uber. She’s enraged at this point. I change into as soon as enraged at her for doing this however she advised him, ‘No you’ll pressure me home.’ He did snarl to her on the car chase home, ‘You’re uninteresting to let me pressure you home when I’m intoxicated.’ He admitted it,” Ashley claims. “And on the manner home, he went off on her about how she wasn’t his form, he appropriate asked her out to, pardon, however f— her. He introduced up how she change into as soon as frail.”
That evening, Ashley says her mother “acted very withdrawn” sooner than she confided in her daughter that Ravenel ” ‘stuck his penis in my face.’ ”
“Her wrists were initiating to see mistaken the following morning. I acknowledged, ‘We would possibly perchance perchance like to see who we’re facing.’ She didn’t prefer to stop anything. She change into as soon as disquieted to pass to court. I acknowledged proper now you don’t prefer to stop anything, let me exhaust a list of your wrist. Let’s gain some evidence as soon as it is advisable stop one thing,” says Ashley.
Based totally on Ashley, Debbie contacted a friend who change into as soon as a lawyer and described the alleged impart. He advised her to gain an felony kindly, she says.
Debbie proceeded to gain in contact with felony kindly Gloria Allred, who allegedly took on the case. On June 1, 2016, Debbie and Ashley participated in mediation. Based totally on Ashley, she never signed a non-disclosure settlement, however her mother did. (“Someone messed up … any individual dropped the ball and at that time, I knew I’d also talk,” says Ashley.)
Allred declined to comment when contacted by PEOPLE.
“We met at Belmont Charleston Area Resort in her suite. Thomas wanted to stop this in Novel York Metropolis. My mom change into as soon as alarmed of being in the the same room as him. She didn’t prefer to flit. She has apprehension due to the him. So Thomas change into as soon as in Novel York with Gloria, her companion and Thomas’ felony kindly Richard Terbrusch. The total mediation change into as soon as performed by the exercise of one thing like Skype,” claims Ashley. “I change into as soon as there continually and heard every detail.”
“They ended up settling for $200,000,” Ashley alleges.
Since the alleged sexual assault occurred virtually two-and-a-half of years ago, Debbie and Ashley maintain moved some distance flung from Charleston and for the time being are residing in Florida.
“After residing in Charleston for Two decades, my mom, after they settled, she wanted to gain some distance flung from Charleston, some distance flung from him,” Ashley says. “She wanted to pass to Panama Metropolis Seaside, Florida, because that’s where she feeble to commute as a kid.”
“When one thing like this happens, it doesn’t appropriate affect the sufferer however all and sundry round them. That’s why I came ahead when I figured out that I didn’t prefer to get my mouth shut. I don’t deem it’s proper, a quantity of of us disagree with me because she ‘settled,’ however it drives me crazy that he’s out on tv – doubtless the most crucial issues he’s acknowledged on TV about females, he would possibly perchance perchance also objective still be off Bravo individually,” Ashley shares.
Even supposing the alleged sexual assault change into as soon as a painful expertise for the mum and daughter, Ashley decided to half her mom’s fable to abet other females in the same eventualities.
“This is bigger than my mom. This is bigger than me. I want to let… other females know that Thomas is no longer invincible. Or even appropriate females who’re against extremely efficient men and deem they’ll’t stop anything. I need them to know, you’ll. I want to see him off of Bravo,” she tells PEOPLE. “I need for my mom no longer to prefer to effort about flipping on the tv and seeing his smug mug, flaunting his scheme of life round. It’s bigger than us now. I’d like to see some heavenly come out of the grotesque.”