“Southern Charm” star Patricia Altschul has been ordered to sit and be grilled under oath by Thomas Ravenel as part of his nasty custody battle with Kathryn Dennis.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a South Carolina judge has sided with Ravenel and denied Altschul’s motion to avoid being dragged into the case.
The judge ordered her to be deposed and it will “last no longer than six hours.” Ravenel and Altschul have to agree on the date.
She was also ordered to turn over all text and email communications between herself and Kathryn Dennis and Luzanne Otte, Ravenel's former girlfriend from April 1, 2018 until now.
Ravenel believes Altschul has information about Dennis colluding with another woman to accuse him of sexual assault. He will now be able to grill his former co-star all about his claims.
Ravenel fired off a subpoena earlier this year seeking to question her about Dennis and Bravo, and about his claim they colluded together.
Altschul demanded she not be forced to sit for a deposition and claimed to only be “involved” in the matter because she is a character on a TV show. Altschul said she does not want to be involved in this case for either party.
Her lawyer argued his client was a female in her seventies “who should not be subjected to hours of questioning regarding issues that are totally irrelevant to this case.” She says Ravenel's attempt to depose her is nothing more than harassment.
Altschul argued Ravenel can get the information he seeks from other witnesses and wants a judge to shut down the subpoena.
Ravenel demanded she not be allowed to skip out on the deposition. He said Altschul's objections to being deposed because of her gender and her age were without merit, pointing to her "energy to be the star of a reality TV show, she should have the energy to appear for one afternoon of deposition."
Ravenel said Altschul has known both him and Dennis for many years as both a friend and co-star on "Southern Charm."
He said Altschul had witnessed them both with their kids and has relevant testimony to give in the case. He believed she may have text conversations that back up his claim Dennis colluded with another woman to accuse him of sexual assault.
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 Dennis. She filed for primary custody of the children back in October 2018. Dennis had her custody taken away in 2016 after failing a drug test but was awarded joint custody last 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 demanded 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.
Ravenel would later file docs accusing Dennis of buying drugs from friends and show producers and even accused her of committing a hit-and-run.
The case is ongoing.
All this fighting comes after Ravenel and Dennis were able to reunite for their daughter’s Kindergarten graduation, where they were able to stand next to each other amicably.