Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis and her disgraced ex Thomas Ravenel are locked in a heated custody battle.
Their former nanny delivered testimony on how they were as parents, with and around the children.
Most of the accusations are leveled at Thomas, but Kathryn is accused of drinking while pregnant.
First, it is important to note that the person providing testimony is Nanny Dawn Ledwell.
She worked for Kathryn and Thomas -- and accused Thomas Ravenel of sexual assault.
Thomas has been arrested and is expected to stand trial over that.
Kathryn Dennis is suing for full custody of the two young children she and Thomas share, Kensie and Saint.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Nanny Dawn testified in December.
Dawn told the court that Thomas was "less concentrated" with the kids and would be forgetful.
In contrast, Dennis was said to be attentive and affectionate with the children.
Dawn says that Thomas had issues with alleges substance abuse.
(Notably, Thomas' political career collapsed after he was arrested on drug charges)
She says that she observed him drinking around the children.
Dawn said that she never saw him do illegal drugs in her presence, but that he took prescription pills while drinking.
She listed both Klonipin (clonazepam, a benzodiazepine) and Viagra, the former of which should really not be mixed with alcohol.
While Dawn says that Thomas was never violent with the children, she says that she witnessed him go into rages against Kathryn.
Warning: if you have emetophobia or are otherwise grossed out by discussion of vomit, just go ahead and skip to the next image.
Dawn says that she never personally witnessed Thomas vomit in bed, but that she saw evidence of it.
In court, Dawn said that she "noticed that he was vomiting down the bed, down the nightstand, down onto the floor."
"And," she continued. "I was very afraid that he would die of asphyxiation or like choke on his own."
That is incredibly gross and also very alarming.
Dawn describes having witness Thomas' outburts of anger that he allegedly inflicted upon Kathryn.
At one point, she reports seeing him pick up an ashtray full of cigarette butts (in the house?!) and empty the contents upon Kathryn's face.
Dawn explains that it was retaliation "because she overslept when it was her turn to take the baby in the morning."
When asked, Dawn says that she absolutely believes that Thomas was and is capable of physically hurting Kathryn.
Now, Thomas has accused Kathryn of being some sort of unstable drug fiend.
Dawn says that she never observed Kathryn do drugs of any kind while she was with the children.
She reports having only smelled marijuana once, when Kathryn had a friend visiting.
Dawn says that she found marijuana once but did not see Kathryn using it.
Notably, Kathryn lost custody of her children in 2016 after testing positive for marijuana (which is still illegal in South Carolina).
She only regained shared custody about a year ago.
Dawn was asked if she saw Kathryn drinking while pregnant.
"I did," she confirms.
Alcohol consumption while pregnant is a risk -- and can result in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Some parents drink heavily while pregnant and do not see this result.
Others stop drinking upon learning that they're pregnant, but find that it's too late.
"But my concerns were for both parents," Dawn notes. "Because Thomas bought and provided the alcohol for her while she was pregnant."
"Yes. It was during her early pregnancy, and it wasn’t very many times," Dawn continues.
She emphasizes: "But I recollect very clearly was that Thomas bought the alcohol and handed it to her."
Dawn says that she grew uncomfortable around Thomas after witnessing "him becoming more erratic, drunk, drinking and driving."
This was before the alleged sexual assault.
Another time, Dawn notes that Thomas nearly "amputated Kathryn’s hand in a car door."
Even if nearly amputated is an exaggeration, that sounds scary, painful, and violent.
"One day he was very angry at Kathryn for not keeping her house clean enough," she says. "And was pushing over bookshelves."
That sort of behavior is inappropriate in any relationship -- and also has no place in society.