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Ex-reality TV star Ravenel pleads guilty to assault on nanny

FILE - This July 14, 2014 file photo shows former South Carolina Treasurer and reality TV star Thomas Ravenel talking to reporters after applying to run as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Lindsey Graham at the state Election Commission headquarters in Columbia, S.C. Ravenel has been fined $500 after taking a plea deal to charges he assaulted a former nanny. He was initially charged with misdemeanor second-degree assault and battery after the nanny said the former “Southern Charm” star dropped his pants and fondled her at his Charleston home in January 2015.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Reality television star and ex-South Carolina treasurer Thomas Ravenel has been fined $500 after taking a plea deal to charges he assaulted a former nanny.

Ravenel was initially charged with misdemeanor second-degree assault and battery after the nanny said the former "Southern Charm" star dropped his pants and fondled her at his Charleston home in January 2015.

Ravenel pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and battery. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended if he pays a $500 fine.

WCSC-TV reports Ravenel said in court Wednesday he tried to kiss her and grabbed her arm, and he was wrong. Prosecutors say the woman agreed to the deal.

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Bravo took Ravenel off "Southern Charm" after his arrest.

Ravenel pleaded guilty to cocaine charges in 2007 and resigned as state treasurer.

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Information from: WCSC-TV, http://www.wcsc.com

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