Settlement reached in two lawsuits filed against Aiken man over recordings of rental properties


21 Jan. – Two more lawsuits filed against a member of a prominent Winter Colony family are settled.

Deborah Barbier, Wesley Few and Ryan Beasley, lawyers for a Greenville woman, filed court documents on December 20, 2022, denying the woman’s claims against Rhett Riviere.

The terms of the settlement are confidential.

The woman’s claims were made in lawsuits filed in April 2021 and June 2022.

In April 2021, the Greenville woman filed a lawsuit against Riviere, a company he owned (Chase Enterprises), Riviere’s former live-in girlfriend, and Airbnb after she was allegedly taken in without her consent by Riviere in a rented house on Third in mid-May 2019 Avenue. through Airbnb.

The woman alleged in an amended complaint that all of the defendants were negligent, responsible for the injuries she suffered from being registered and violating the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act.

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She alleged that Riviere deliberately inflicted emotional distress on her, falsely intruded into her private affairs, and constructively defrauded her.

The woman alleged that Airbnb was negligent in allowing Riviere to rent out his home through the service, the company was vicariously liable for Riviere’s invasion of her privacy, and Airbnb constructively defrauded her.

One of the documents filed on December 20, 2022 rejects with prejudice — the claims cannot be resubmitted — the woman’s claims against Riviere and his company.

Riviere’s former live-in girlfriend denied the allegations against her in the amended complaint and asked the court to dismiss the claims against her.

Airbnb has not yet responded to the allegations.

In June 2022, the woman filed a second lawsuit against Riviere alleging his transfer of a property on Grace Avenue, known as the Seahorse Cottage, to a public company to comply with the terms of a settlement agreement entered into with another woman who filed in August. 2020.

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The Greenville woman asked the court to return the property to Riviere and issue a warrant of attachment to secure the property for payment of a future judgment.

The court document filed on December 20, 2022 rejects the claims of the woman with prejudice and ends the lawsuit.

A woman who stayed with the Greenville woman at the Third Avenue home sued Riviere in February 2021.

That lawsuit was also dismissed with prejudice on October 11, 2021.

The second lawsuit filed by the Greenville woman alleges that Riviere paid a “not inconsiderable sum of money” to resolve the February 2021 lawsuit.

A couple who allegedly recorded without their consent in 2001 sued Riviere on November 14, 2022.

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That suit remains pending as of late Friday morning.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents arrested Riviere in 2021 and 2022 over the shootings.

On June 2, 2021, Riviere was charged with two counts of voyeurism on the first offense for including the women in the Third Avenue home in May 2019.

Voyeurism on the first offense is a felony, and those found guilty could face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $500, or both.

Those charges remain pending on a 180-day trail as of late Friday morning.

On July 28, 2022, Riviere was charged with two additional counts of voyeurism on the first offense for shooting the couple in 2001.

Those charges also remain pending and on a 180-day trail.


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