The fifth season of Southern Charm was crazy, dramatic, and over the top, but was that by design? The rumor mill has been working overtime, but a new theory is striking a chord in a number of fans who are trying to solve the puzzle and figure out if Thomas Ravenel or someone hired a hospice nurse from Santa Barbara, Ashley Jacobs, to play his girlfriend for one season, hence the talk at the reunion of an NDA.
With all of the behind the scenes legal action, it's easy to fall down a rabbit hole and keep track of the moving parts. One of the lawsuits involves a woman, Luzanne Otte, that Ravenel was courting before and during the time he met Jacobs. Like Jacobs, Otte's home base is California, and after a short time, Ravenel was also talking about the idea of moving her to Charleston, perhaps to be on the show. Otte said no, and after eight dates, she broke things off with Ravenel when he allegedly became scary.
But now, after months of alleged online harassment and cyberbullying by Ravenel, Jacobs, and a PR firm hired by the two, Otte has hired the high-profile law firm of L. Lin Wood to sort out this mess, have it cease, and likely seek damages.