“Southern Charm” star Thomas Ravenel is being called a hypocrite by his former employer Bravo and the network is demanding his lawsuit over unaired footage of his kids be tossed, saying he had no problem with them being filmed until he was fired.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Bravo and the “Southern Charm” producers accuse Ravenel of trying to unlawfully impose restraints on a media company in violation of their first amendment rights.
The network argues that the lawsuit he filed was part of a custody battle and they contend he filed the lawsuit in the wrong venue, highlighting they are not a parent, grandparent, guardian or even nanny of these children.
As a result, they are demanding the entire case be dismissed and he pay their legal bills.
They note, “If Ravenel actually wants to stem the public flow of information about this custody dispute, then his recourse is to stop his own public mudslinging in the pleadings he has filed in this case, stop posting photos and videos of his children on the Internet, join Dennis’s request to seal this Court’s records, and/or seek to restrain Dennis from discussing the case.”
The network and the producers claim to have already tried to resolve this action by agreeing to not air previously unaired images of the children on future episodes of the show without Ravenel’s consent – and they have no intent to do so in the upcoming season of the show.
Bravo points out for the five years before Ravenel was fired from “Southern Charm,” he had no problem with the children being filmed, arguing that makes his recent arguments “ring hollow.”
They add, “Ravenel’s actual interest appears to be to prohibit anyone besides himself from maintaining a public platform to discuss this lawsuit now that he is no longer a cast member on ‘Southern Charm.'”
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 Kathryn 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 is demanding 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 fired back denying the allegations and demanded the lawsuit be dismissed. She accused him of past drug use and claimed he hired a private eye to follow her allegedly in violation of the restraining order in place.
The custody battle is ongoing.