SOUTHERN Charm star Kathryn Dennis’ ex-boyfriend Joe Abruzzo is suing Bravo for airing footage of the show’s stars talking about his “Ken doll” penis, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
The Florida politician sued Bravo and cast members Craig Conover, Chelsea Meissner and Madison Lecroy for intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, negligence, defamation and more on January 24, court papers first obtained by The Morning Toast reveal.
Joe, 39, explained how he met Kathryn, 28, in the fall of 2018 at a Miami Dolphins football game and the two had a “romantic relationship” shortly before filming for season six of Southern Charm began.
He claimed in South Carolina court papers: “Dennis almost immediately began imploring Plaintiff Abruzzo to be on the show, telling Abruzzo that if she were to get married, she believed the Corporate Defendants would pay big money for rights to televise her wedding, honeymoon, an exclusive, and other things of that nature.”
Joe and Kathryn’s “private dinner” at her home aired on the most recent season.
The lawsuit then mentioned season six episode “Dick Moves and Dick Pics,” where it was implied there were nude photos of him on the Internet.
When star Naomie Olindo mentioned the nude photos, she and fellow cast members “Googled” the images.
Cast member Madison said, “Oh. His penis looks like a Ken Doll. Like, it’s just a bulge.
“Look at that, it’s like a ‘mangina.’”
Joe claimed in his filing that the photos depicted required “no blurring” because his penis could not be seen. He said the “intentional and malicious blurring” of the photos was to suggest his genitals could be seen in the pictures.
The complaint also alleged cast member Craig “falsely” said of Joe on the show: “Well, he’s a disgraced politician in Florida… He’s not running for re-election because of his divorce. His wife is accusing him of being physically abusive.”
He claimed the statements are “false” and made to show him in a “false light.”
He then alleged that he ended their relationship in the Fall of 2019, not Kathyrn because of “concerns” from her cast members, as the show portrayed.
Joe also claimed in the court papers the Defendants “falsely and maliciously” compared him to former cast member and Kathryn’s ex, Thomas Ravenel, who has been criminally charged with assault.
Joe alleged the show consists of “false conflict” and “fabricated” scenarios for the purpose of “creating dramatic material for television.”
He claimed the scenes caused him “emotional distress.”
Joe continued: “The emotional distress suffered was severe such that no reasonable person could be expected to endure it and it had physical manifestations of pain, loss of sleep, nervousness, stress, anxiety, damage to reputation, and other manifestations.”
The lawsuit claimed a work agreement was “terminated” shortly after Southern Charm episodes aired.
Joe is asking for $10 million.
Craig said over Instagram Live regarding the lawsuit: “I just got served. They finally found me.”
He admitted he didn’t read all of it and that he’ll “deal with it another day.”
Bravo has not responded to the lawsuit and did not immediately reply to The Sun’s request for comment.
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