Who Is Thomas Ravenel? New Details About The 'Southern Charm' Actor Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Woman He Met On Tinder

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Who Is Thomas Ravenel? New Details About The Southern Charm Actor Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Woman He Met On Tinder

The woman signed an NDC but her daughter didn't.

Thomas Ravenel of Southern Charm was accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met on Tinder, and the woman’s daughter has spoken up about it.

Ashley Perkins claims her mother, Debbie Holloway Perkins, met Ravenel on Tinder and although she did not witness the assault, her mother told her about it in detail.

“I want to share the truth about what happened to my mom,” she wrote on her website. “Everything I share here is 100 percent true.”

Debbie matched with Ravenel on the dating app in October of 2015. She finally agreed to go out on a date with the actor that December.

“We lived in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina,” she told the PEOPLE. “He was going to pick her up and they were going to go out for drinks. She agreed to that.”


Ashley, 29, said that she and her mother had fun picking out an outfit for the date.

“I helped her get ready — she wore a diamond tennis bracelet on her wrist,” she said. “Her wrist was fine when she left the house. He left her voicemail saying he got lost on the way to pick her up. I thought he sounded a little inebriated.”

The original plan was for the two to grab drinks but Ashley said Ravenel changed the plans and decided to show Debbie, who works in real estate, a newly renovated house of his.

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He poured a glass of wine and gave Debbie a tour of the house. Ashley said things took a turn for the worst when Ravenel and her mother reached the guest house where his nanny and two kids live.

Ashley told people that Ravenel peeked out the window of the nanny’s room and began speaking of his ex-girlfriend.

“‘Do you see that?’” she said he asked Debbie. “He points to this bathroom that you can see from the nanny’s room. And he goes, ‘That’s where I caught [ex-girlfriend] Kathryn making out with some guy.’ My mom was like, ‘Okay.’ That’s when she said he went into this trance.”

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Ashley alleges he became aggressive toward her mother.

“That’s when he turned on her,” Ashley told PEOPLE. “He pushes my mom onto the nanny’s bed, grabs her wrist with one hand, then he starts trying to pull her pants off. And she’s like ‘No, no, no, stop.’ He stuck his fingers inside of her vagina as well as her anus. She told me that he held her hands back with one arm and then pulled his penis out and shoved it in her face,” says Ashley.

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“My mom is very claustrophobic. She screamed at him and said, ‘You’re a rapist.’ He stopped, jumped off of her and was like ‘out of his trance,’” Ashley claims.

Ravenel allegedly told Debbie to call an Uber, but she refused.

“My mom has never been in an Uber,” Ashley explained to PEOPLE. “She’s angry at this point. I was angry at her for doing this but she told him, ‘No you can drive me home.’ He did say to her on the car ride home, ‘You’re stupid to let me drive you home when I’m intoxicated.’"

“He admitted it, and on the way home, he went off on her about how she wasn’t his type, he just asked her out to, pardon, but f— her. He brought up how she was old.”

When Debbie arrived home from the date from hell she told Ashley of her assault. Her mother said that Ravenel “stuck his penis in my face” and bruised her wrists from grabbing her.

“Her wrist didn’t have a mark on them before she entered Mr. Ravenel’s car,” Ashley wrote on her website. “I greeted her when Mr. Ravenel dropped her off a few hours later, her wrist was cut and already showing signs of bruising.”

Although Debbie was afraid to go to court, Ashley insisted she photograph the evidence “in case you want to do something,” she told PEOPLE.

“I encouraged her to let me take the pictures of her wrist in case she wanted to press charges,” Ashley wrote. “She was in shock and not acting like herself for days.”

Debbie later contacted Gloria Allred, who settled the case for $200,000, according to Ashley.

She is able to speak on her mother’s behalf because she did not sign a non-disclosure agreement. Debbie did.

“When something like this happens, it doesn’t just affect the victim but everyone around them,” Ashley told PEOPLE. “That’s why I came forward when I found out that I didn’t have to keep my mouth shut. I don’t think it’s right, a lot of people disagree with me because she ‘settled,’ but it drives me crazy that he’s out on television – some of the things he’s said on TV about women, he should be off Bravo in my opinion.”

The assault was painful for her entire family but decided to speak up in an attempt to help other women and encourage them to speak up f they have experienced a similar situation.

“This is bigger than my mom. This is bigger than me,” Ashley explained to the outlet. “I would like to let… other women know that Thomas is not invincible. Or even just women who are against powerful men and think they can’t do anything. I want them to know, you can.

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“I would like to see him off of Bravo. I would like for my mom not to have to worry about flipping on the television and seeing his smug mug, flaunting his lifestyle around. It’s bigger than us now. I’d like to see some good come out of the ugly.”

The two have since moved out of their home for the past 20 years and relocated to Florida “to get away from him [Ravenel].”

“I will ALWAYS regret introducing my mom to Tinder – Mainly I will always feel guilty for encouraging her to go on a “date” with Thomas Ravenel,” Perkins wrote on her website. “Our world has never been the same.”

Ravenel denies 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, Richard P. Terbrusch, told PEOPLE in a statement.