“Southern Charm” star Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel can be seen smiling and getting along only months ago, in never-before-seen photos submitted to the court, as part of their nasty custody battle.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a mutual friend of Dennis and Ravenel named Lara Dawson has filed a declaration in court. She is backing up Dennis in her fight for custody of her kids Kensie and Saint.
In her declaration, Dawson informs the court of her attempts to mediate Dennis and Ravenel’s battle outside of court. She was with the two at Kensie’s graduation on May 23. Dawson invited them both to her home the next day to resolve issues and they agreed.
At her home she says, “They both agreed that they wanted to settle this matter for the sake of their kids”. Dawson claimed Thomas even, “tentatively agreed that because he was so busy that Kathryn might get a little more time than she has now.”
She wrote, “I took photos of them in my house which I am attaching as proof of this meeting. I am also attached some text messages from May 25 at 11:44a.m. wherein Thomas texted me and Kathryn in a group text and said: “Hey guys, Happy Saturday! I feel so much better after our talk yesterday. Have fun with the kids. And by the way Kathrn (sic), did I tell you that you Have a beautiful brow? Love Always, Thomas.”
Dennis filed her own declaration earlier this month, in which she detailed the meeting with, Ravenel at Dawson’s home.
She said, “Thomas went on to say a lot of things from the heart. He told me he wanted to settle; didn’t want to fight anymore; was tired of spending $40,000 a month on his attorneys; that he still loved me and that I was a good woman; that he liked Hunter and didn’t mind him taking care of the kids; he thought equal time was fine.”
She recalls Ravenel telling her “that I was beautiful” and “some other things.”
Dennis told her ex she didn’t want to hurt him and that “I didn’t hate him. I told him that I didn’t want to fight anymore and that we had lost sight of the kids.”
The reality stars said despite the nice conversation, shortly after he refused to attend mediation with her and instead “he has been a hypocrite and suddenly played hardball tactics by recently tearing the children away from their Mother by using a clause from the 2017 Order to disingenuously claim that I had used marijuana – when I had not done so.”
Back in November 2018, Ravenel filed a lawsuit against Bravo and “Southern Charm” producers demanding a judge stop them from broadcasting unaired footage on the show.
Ravenel filed the docs as part of his custody battle with Dennis. She filed for primary custody of the children back in October. Dennis had her custody taken away in 2016 after failing a drug test but was awarded joint custody this year after completing rehab and staying clean.
In his suit against Bravo, Ravenel says the network and “Southern Charm” producers “encouraged” his ex to file for custody against him to create drama on the show.
He demanded Dennis not be awarded primary custody despite her request. Ravenel, who is about to be on trial for an alleged sexual assault in South Carolina, claimed he learned that Bravo and producers have unaired footage of his kids and ex talking about the legal battle and it was to be aired on the upcoming season. The reality star sued demanding a South Carolina judge prohibit the sensitive footage from airing on the show.
Dennis has accused Ravenel of dropping their kid into a pool while intoxicated, throwing a Christmas tree across a room and allegedly masturbating on her back while she slept (after she rejected his advance while pregnant).
The case has even dragged co-star Patricia Altschul into the case, with Ravenel set to depose her about his ex.
He recently accused Dennis of failing a recent drug test when it came back positive for marijuana. He is requesting the court to only allow Dennis to have supervised visitation with their two kids Kensie and Saint. Dennis has disputed the test and pointed out her hair test came back clean.
Dennis believes using CBD oil caused a positive test result.
A judge has yet to rule. He demanded sole custody of the two kids due to the test results.