Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis and her disgraced ex, Thomas Ravenel, are locked in a heated, ongoing custody war.
Kathryn says that Thomas is an unstable pill-popper, and she believes that she can prove it using Thomas' text message history.
But Thomas is asking a judge to help him keep his past communications a secret from the court.
The Blast reports that Thomas Ravenel seeking to put limits on what the court can dredge up from his personal communications.
The specific documents in question are email exchanges, social media posts, select text messages, and bank records.
Ravenel is asking the judge to put a bookend on how far back the search goes.
He wants the court to limit the scope to exclude anything before June 30, 2017.
That's not even two years ago.
If Thomas gets his way, the court will set an extremely narrow scope.
Also according to the same report, Thomas accuses Kathryn of using his sexual assault allegations against him.
(Well ... yeah)
Thomas tells the court that he doesn't believe that his accusations, arrest, or upcoming trial for rape should play a role in the court's custody decision.
Because he says that the court had previously been aware that he was accused of sexual assault.
That's an interesting argument, though some would point out that a judge's awareness of a claim is very different from an arrest by Charleston police.
Family court judges factor in a lot of information.
Thomas had accused Kathryn of being some sort of drug fiend.
In court filings, he accused the mother of his two children of regularly buying and selling drugs with friends, castmates, and even producers.
(He is also engaged in a legal battle with Bravo itself)
More recently, Kathryn fired back, saying that Thomas is a habitual pill-popper with serious substance abuse problems.
Notably, Thomas' once-promising political career was derailed by cocaine.
Kathryn temporarily lost custody of her children a few years ago when she tested positive for marijuana.
Late last year, Nanny Dawn testified about seeing Kathryn Dennis drink while pregnant.
She expressed that she was concerned at the time, especially because Thomas was providing the alcohol.
(Notably, Thomas has said that Kathryn's drinking during pregnancy shows that she cannot be awarded full custody)
During her time as a nanny for the family, Dawn Ledwell witnessed Thomas' alleged outbursts of fury.
While it is a relief to hear that she never saw him get violent with the children, it sounds like Kathryn was more frequently his target.
Dawn describes seeing Thomas injure Kathryn's hand in a car door and throw an ashtray at her face during his tantrums.
It does seem clear that Kathryn Dennis is pouncing upon this opportunity to attempt to get full custody of her children.
Thomas has been arrested for rape, and another woman has accused him.
Unless he goes to prison, there may be no better time for Kathryn to appear as the more responsible parent in the court's eye.
But opportunism doesn't necessarily mean that she's wrong.
Hopefully, the court will get to look at all of the evidence and will make the right decision for little Kensie and Saint.