“No decision has been made yet and the investigation is still ongoing,” a source close to the network told People.
Ashley claimed Thomas paid her mother a $200,000 settlement, which included a nondisclosure agreement, but Ashley did not have to sign the NDA and decided to come forward. “When something like this happens, it doesn’t just affect the victim but everyone around them. That’s why I came forward when I found out that I didn’t have to keep my mouth shut,” Ashley told People.
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"I don’t think it’s right, a lot of people disagree with me because she ‘settled,’ but it drives me crazy that he’s out on television – some of the things he’s said on TV about women, he should be off Bravo in my opinion,” Ashley told the mag.
Following Ashley’s allegations, Thomas’ nanny Dawn Ledwell also claimed she’d been assaulted by the former South Carolina treasurer. She filed a report with the Charleston Police Department, and Thomas is now being investigated for forcible rape in the first degree, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
As Thomas’ future on the show remains unclear, his ex and baby mama Kathryn Dennis may use the allegations against Thomas in court to seek full custody of their two children, daughter Kensie, 4, and son Saint, 2. “Kathryn is considering bringing up all of the sexual assault stories about Thomas that are in the news now. She might do that if she thinks it will help get her more time and money,” an insider told RadarOnline.com.
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