The Story Of 'Southern Charm' Star Thomas Ravenel's Cocaine Arrest

Amy Feinstein

Thomas Ravenel might have thought that he put his time in prison behind him, but on this week's episode of Southern Charm, his current girlfriend made jokes at his expense about his mugshots for his arrest on federal cocaine charges and for drunk driving in the Hamptons.

Ashley asked Thomas if he was going out that night with "all the single boys." She expressed that she had concerns, not because she doesn't trust him, but because she doesn't trust other women.

"I'm worried because you are such a stud."

But Thomas Ravenel likely doesn't want to talk about his arrest, mugshots, and time behind bars for conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine. But fans who are new to Southern Charm don't know about how Ravenel ended up behind bars in a federal prison.

"We have an awful lot of cocaine parties at the house of a state constitutional officer."

Thomas Ravenel apologized to the court.

"I brought embarrassment, being a public official, to the state. [Voters] had a right to expect better conduct, better behavior, from me."

After getting out of prison, Thomas Ravenel agreed to do Southern Charm for Bravo. Many fans have wondered why Ravenel jumped back into politics on the national stage rather than starting small and dipping his toe back into local politics. But Gawker explains that felons can't hold state office in South Carolina.

"South Carolina law bars felons from office, so Ravenel often points out that the only positions he can run for would be in the United States House of Representatives, the Senate and (this he says with an implied wink) the White House."

While on Southern Charm, Thomas Ravenel attempted unsuccessfully to run again for office, but his jokes about his cocaine conviction on camera on Southern Charm kept votes for Ravenel at under 10 percent.

"It was just something I did in my personal life and I didn't really have a problem with cocaine. What I realized later was I just really liked the smell of it."