Ashley Borders, star of “Savannah Charm Savannah,” cut her hand late on Oct. 28, 2016, when she accidentally broke a small glass window at a neighbor’s house in downtown Savannah, trying to get his attention after she says he called her “trash” in front of her 12-year-old son, Izzy.
The neighbor and Borders have a history of bad blood that started over Borders’ driving style, according to a police report. Borders told police that over the past two years the neighbor has made it “a habit” to tell her that she and her family are “ruining the neighborhood” because they are renters, the report said.
Borders, whose birth name is Sarah Ashley Borders, appeared on the June 19 episode of the Bravo reality show, which will air its first-season finale, wearing a bandage on her right hand and when asked about it by co-star Catherine Cooper, replied “It’s a long story.”
The episode was filmed the day after the incident at a tail-gating party on St. Simons Island for the Georgia-Florida game. Borders’ injury was the subject of Facebook gossip, which was discussed at length on the episode by her fellow castmates. The discussion brought Borders to tears because she felt misunderstood and targeted by the cast, but only a short explanation of the incident was provided to viewers.
Editor’s note: The full police report and a photo of the door is at the bottom of this story.
According to a report from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, Borders’ neighbor, who lives a few doors down from her, called the police when he noticed the glass window next to his front door was broken. He did not see Borders break the window, but knew she had done it because “she was the only person around at the time,” he told police.
He told the responding officer that he and Borders have a “bad history” because a year earlier he had yelled at her for her driving. He said that nothing had taken place on the night of Oct. 28, but at around 10 p.m. he saw Borders walking toward his home. She was shouting at him, but he did not understand what she was saying, according to the report.
The neighbor said he did not know Borders’ address but could show the officer where her home was. As they were walking toward it, they encountered Borders and a male.
“There they are right there,” the neighbor told the officer, who sent the neighbor back home.
The officer reported that Borders had a piece of cloth wrapped around her hand and that Borders stated “she had accidentally broken the window when she was knocking on it to try to get his attention.”
She had small cuts on her hand but the bleeding had stopped and she declined EMS, “saying her hand wasn’t that bad,” according to the report.
Borders stated that she and the neighbor “have been having an ongoing disagreement for the last two years. She said he is rude and nasty to her every time he sees her, except when she’s out with her husband. She advised that he makes a habit of telling her that she and her family are ‘ruining the neighborhood’ because they rent rather than own their home. She said he also makes a point to speed up while driving by her car if he sees her getting into her car on the street side,” the report said.
When Borders arrived home on the evening of Oct. 28, she had to park on the south side of her street, across from the neighbor’s home, according to the report. Borders told the officer that the neighbor started calling her names, including telling her she is trash, in front of her son.
“She said she usually lets it go when he’s rude to her, but she became concerned that he was behaving this way in front of her child. She said after she took her son home, she came back to his home to speak with him. She advised that she knocked on the window just to the left of the door once. When he didn’t come to the door, she knocked again, at which time she accidentally broke the window,” the report said.
Borders told the officer she didn’t mean to break the window and she immediately offered to pay for its repair, according to the report. The neighbor said he would give her a week but wanted no contact with her, wrote the officer, who told him that it might be necessary for them to talk, at least until the window was fixed. No charges were filed against Borders.
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