“Southern Charm” star Thomas Ravenel’s former nanny has rushed to court, demanding show producers not be allowed out of her lawsuit accusing the reality star of sexual assault.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Dawn Ledwell is demanding her case against show producers and Bravo continue on. The producers and network recently argued Ledwell signed two releases when appearing on “Southern Charm” and demanded her suit be tossed.
She also claims to have been caught off guard and not allowed to fully read the releases. Ledwell says she was also taking care of Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis’ kids at the time.
In newly filed docs, Ledwell says the producers argument is nonsense since they never paid her a dime. She says her case has nothing to do with her limited appearance on “Southern Charm.”
Ledwell says she blames producers and Bravo for the conducive environment they created and “their failure to respond to, warn or, and investigate” Ravenel’s actions.
She is asking the judge to not dismiss the producers or Bravo from her lawsuit.
Last year, Ledwell sued Ravenel for an alleged sexual assault that went down in 2015. She added producers and Bravo as defendants, claiming they should be partly liable for damages due to her belief they failed to provide adequate security to her and other persons who appeared on ‘Southern Charm’.
Ledwell also claimed the producers and Bravo created and encouraged plot lines that focused on alcohol, sex and the concept that “that male cast members, including Defendant Ravenel, suffer from ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ and they are the ‘Lost Boys’ and Charleston is their ‘Neverland.’”
In the suit, she claimed to have told the network about the alleged assault and they failed to investigate her accusations. She sued seeking unspecified damages. Ravenel has denied all allegations he assaulted Ledwell.
The producers and network fired back demanding to be let out of the lawsuit brought by Ravenel’s former nanny, saying she signed away rights when she appeared on the reality show.
The producers pointed to two releases that Ledwell signed to appear on ‘Southern Charm’ as an unpaid voluntary participant. They claim she even signed one release after the alleged assault by Ravenel.
Bravo and producers claim the releases are specific any issue will be heard in arbitration out in New York and not in South Carolina Court. They asked for the entire case dismissed as a result.
The case is ongoing.