The ongoing custody battle between Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis continues with no end in sight.
We have reported on this extensively, but new, ugly details from a stunning deposition have come to light.
For one thing, the Southern Charm star is accused of bribing an Uber driver to wipe coke off his face on the day that one of his kids was born.
In order to address accusations that Kathryn Dennis drank while pregnant, the couple’s former nanny was questioned.
Dawn Ledwell testified that she had seen Kathryn drink on occassion, noting that Thomas had been the one to provide the alcohol.
But the nanny — who has also accused Thomas of sexual assault — had a lot more to say about Thomas himself.
As we previously reported, she testified in court to having seen Thomas throw ashes and cigarette butts at Kathryn, who was asleep.
She says that, in his rage, he inflicted real physical harm upon his ex.
"He nearly amputated Kathryn’s hand in a car door," Nanny Dawn recalled in her courtroom testimony.
She describes another temper tantrum of his.
"One day he was very angry at Kathryn for not keeping her house cleaning up," Dawn describes.
"And," she accuses. "Was pushing over bookshelves."
That’s not just counter productive — that is a way of terrorizing your spouse. It’s emotional abuse.
In a household that includes two children, that is deeply alarming.
Dawn Ledwell also spoke of her departure from her job as a nanny for Thomas and Kathryn.
"The workplace violence came to the point where I had no choice," she says.
Her accusation that he sexually assaulted her has resulted in his arrest, and the charge is expected to go to trial.
"Along with him giving me half my hours to another nanny," Dawn explains, she "had no choice but to resign."
Dawn was offered a severance if she agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement, but she declined to do so.
Notably, another woman who was also allegedly assaulted by Thomas did sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Some have pointed out that the public has no way of knowing how many others are out there, forced to remain silent.
Dawn has also testified about Thomas’ health and habits.
She "noticed that he was vomiting down on the bed, down the nightstand, down on the floor," she recalled.
"And," she continued. "I was very afraid that he would die of asphyxiation or like choke on his own vomit."
When asked if he ever admitted to her that he had an alcohol problem, Dawn replied: "He did."
"At first he was a little bit defensive," Dawn admitted. "But then he thought about it."
"And he said I’m really sorry and I know I have a problem with alcohol," Dawn testified.
Thomas allegedly told her that, during his political campaign, he once did coke off of a campaign sign.
That habit cost him his political career, and according to Dawn, it was one he continued, even on the night Saint was born.
Dawn testified about what her friend, an Uber driver, revealed to her about Thomas’ behavior.
"Thomas was the last person to be dropped off and he wanted to give her a tour of his house," Dawn shared.
"She’s trying to convince him to go to the hospital," she continued.
Dawn characterized the conversation:
"Like ‘Dude, if you’re celebrating the birth of your baby, you need to go to the hospital and spend time with the baby. Wasn’t the baby born early?’"
"And so," Dawn recalled. "He’s like ‘’Yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, will you do me a favor? I’ll pay you $500 to clean the cocaine off my face and wipe it off my clothes.’"
We should acknowledge a couple of things.
One, Dawn Ledwell harbors a very justified dislike for Thomas over the alleged sexual assault.
Two, generally speaking, private drug use is not anyone’s business, and not all drugs make someone a worse parent.
For example, many people have expressed that they are better parents because of, not in spite of, their marijuana use.
Cocaine, however, is notorious for its long-term effects upon behavior. It’s not irrelevant to a custody case.
Additionally, given that so much of Thomas’ attacks upon Kathryn’s parenting hinge upon allegations that she uses drugs, his own habits are very relevant.