'Southern Charm' Star Thomas Ravenel Arrested and Charged With Assault and Battery

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Thomas Ravenal
Charleston County Sheriff’s Department

Thomas Ravenel is in more legal trouble.

The 56-year-old former Southern Charm star was booked on Tuesday at 10:11 a.m. in South Carolina, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department. He is being charged with assault and battery in the second degree.

The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in 2015 in which Ravenel is purported to have engaged in the forcible rape of a female, according to a police incident report obtained by ET. 

ET has reached out to his attorney for comment.

Ravenel's arrest follows his August announcement that he would not be returning to the Bravo reality show. 

"I’m not doing the show anymore," he tweeted at the time. "In the contract, they have the right to fictionalize your story. They took advantage of me. I’ve decided I’ve got too much to lose and informed them I’m not coming back.”

On Tuesday, Bravo confirmed to ET that Ravenel would not return for the show's upcoming sixth season.

His departure -- and his absence from the show's season five reunion -- came after two women accused Ravenel of sexual assault this summer. Both Bravo and the series' production company, Haymaker, launched an investigation into the matter.

Ravenel previously denied the allegations. “My client enjoys a certain degree of fame and unfortunately has become — unfairly — a target for an individual who has, in my opinion, dubious motivations,” Ravenel's attorney told Us Weekly back in May.

Thomas Ravenel
Charleston County Sheriff’s Department

Before quitting the show, Ravenel was a main source of drama among its stars. The former State Treasurer of South Carolina began dating Ashley Jacobs at the start of the most recent season, much to the dismay of Kathryn Dennis, with whom Ravenel shares two children.

Jacobs and Ravenel's relationship was a whirlwind one, with Jacobs quickly packing up her life in California to move to Charleston, South Carolina, to be with her new beau. Once she arrived, Jacobs was fast to stir up drama, often calling out Dennis for her parenting, past actions and sobriety. The couple has since called it quits.

Back in August, Jacobs posted an apology to Dennis -- whom she said was "just an egg donor" to her children -- on Instagram. At the time, though, a source told ET that Jacobs "just wants attention" following her split.

Dennis reacted to the apology the same day, mocking the content and quality of the letter, even exclaiming, "Are you kidding me?"

Just a month before, ET sat down with Southern Charm star Patricia Altschul, who offered her unfiltered opinions about Jacobs.

“My new favorite word is ‘famewhore,’” she told ET at the time. “I love to use it whenever possible, so... famewhore! Famewhore! Famewhore! I think it's hard to fall in love after five dates. Call me a skeptic, and the fact that she was so adamant about getting a ring, getting clothes, getting jewelry, getting Vuitton luggage, I mean, it seemed a little too obvious to just be love.”

Here's more from Altschul:

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