"These hurtful accusations are blatant unfounded lies that have shaken me to my core," Rebecca Wash said

By Dave Quinn
May 14, 2020 05:15 PM
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Rebecca Wash — a makeup artist in Charleston, South Carolina, who was allegedly having an affair with Southern Charm star Cameran Eubanks' husband Jason Wimberly — is breaking her silence about the claims, denying she had any illicit relationship.

"I have been wrongfully accused of having a relationship with the husband of [Cameran Eubanks] of Southern Charm," Wash wrote Thursday in a lengthy statement on Instagram.

She went on to explain that she had "never met [Jason Wimberly] or Cameran in my life."

"These hurtful accusations are blatant unfounded lies that have shaken me to my core," she said. "I am not a religious follower of Southern Charm, but as a makeup artist and resident of the Charleston area, it is impossible to not know who the cast of the show is. I have never laid eyes or interacted with Jason Wimberly, Cameran, or anyone in their beautiful family other than on television."

Wash then added claims that the source of the rumors was Eubanks' Southern Charm castmate Kathryn Dennis. (A rep for Dennis did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.)

Cameran Eubanks with her husband Jason Wimberly and daughter Palmer
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"The allegations that this rumor was started by Kathryn Dennis are even more hurtful," Wash said. "I met Kathryn one time in July 2018 when I did her makeup for a photoshoot for a local clothing store. I have not seen or spoken to Kathryn since. I have only known her in my limited interaction in a professional capacity, and to suggest that I am somehow associated with these allegations is dumbfounding, hurtful, and malicious."

"I am so sorry to the Wimberly family that someone would cut so low as to attack the core tenant of anyone’s life – their family," Wash said.

Eubanks reposted Wash's words on her Instagram Stories. "It is so sad that this kind, beautiful and innocent girl had to be drug into the mud," said Eubanks. "I signed up for this by being on TV. She didn't. Rebecca Wash is the victim here."

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Wimberly and Eubanks have been married since 2014, and share 2½-year-old daughter Palmer Corinne.

On Wednesday, AllAboutTheTea.com had published a report claiming Wash and Wimberly had been having a two-year affair behind Eubanks' back. A source allegedly claimed Eubanks "was handling it privately off camera" and was "devastated" when she found out producers were plotting to bring up the allegation on the season, quitting the show in the process.

Later that night, Eubanks spoke out, saying that though she was leaving Southern Charm, the decision to walk away from the Bravo reality series was made before this allegation surfaced.

The Real World: San Diego alum also denied the cheating allegations, calling them "ridiculous and fake rumors about my marriage" and noting that viewers should "disregard any fabricated rumor" because they were only "a ploy for ratings."

"It has come to my attention that insidious rumors are now spreading and fake articles being written... some of which pertain to my marriage," Eubanks wrote in her statement.

"While upsetting, it sadly doesn't surprise me as this is what reality television has come to nowadays and a large reason why I kept my marriage off the air," she said of Wimberly, who made his first appearance on Southern Charm on the season 6 finale. "You must protect what is sacred to you. Some things aren’t worth a big paycheck."

Naomie Olindo and Chelsea Meissner
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Since Eubanks' statement, PEOPLE exclusively broke the news that Eubanks' Southern Charm costars Naomie Olindo and Chelsea Meissner also won't be returning for the reality show's upcoming seventh season.

Olindo first dropped a major hint about her exit early Thursday morning, telling Eubanks on Instagram, "I'm so damn proud of you and us @chelseameissner58."

Sources close to production later confirmed their departures to PEOPLE. "They both told production they weren't returning to the show months ago," the insider said. "Naomi and Chelsea, like Cam, are just tired of the reality TV drama and don't want to live their lives this way."

Hours after Wash's statement, Olindo gave more background on her exit — writing on Instagram Stories, "To all those asking why Cameran, Chelsea and I (and anyone with a life they want to protect) quit the show, it's s--- like this. Shame on you Kathryn Dennis for this and MANY other things."

She included a monkey emoji at the end of her words.

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The emoji was likely a nod to the headlines Dennis made earlier this week, when she sent the animal illustration during a heated debate with black radio show host Tamika Gadsden.

Dennis, 28, apologized for using the racially insensitive emoji after Gadsden posted screengrabs of their back and forth on social media. Dennis has since been let go from her job as brand ambassador for Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant, a luxury lifestyle store in South Carolina.

"I want to acknowledge that using a monkey emoji in my text was offensive, and from the bottom of my heart I sincerely apologize to anyone and everyone I hurt. Although the context was not my intention, there are no 'ifs ands or buts' that excuse me," Dennis tweeted.

"I did not give it thought, and it was and is wrong. I know I am not that person. I know and will do better," Dennis continued.