Tom Girardi has moved into a mental health facility for those with dementia and he has left his ex-wife Erika Jayne to deal with the mounting legal troubles from his embezzling scheme. The Real Housewife claimed that she never knew anything about her husband taking money from clients.
These claims might not be true. Reporters caught up with Tom Girardi as he was leaving a lunch with friends. When asked if Erika knew anything, Tom replied “I think she does.”
Last year, Tom was accused of embezzling millions from his clients, including victims and their families of the 2018 Boeing 737 MAX plane crash. The couple has spent the last year dealing with lawyers and mounting legal problems. They have had to put their 1920’s style mansion on the market and even sell off some of Erika’s memorabilia to pay the legal fees.
The couple has also filed bankruptcy and court documents claiming that the couple has hidden millions in jewelry and other assets so as not to be detectable by lawyers.
Tom was also removed from his law firm, Girardi and Keese, and his license to practice law was taken away. Last year he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia and put under the conservatorship of his brother, Robert.
Girardi and Keese currently owe $101 million in debt. Erika claimed that if Tom stole money from the firm it was because of his worsening mental health.
“I think what has happened to Tom here is that he’s not mentally capable, and he’s in sole control of his firm. And I think that it got away from him,” said Erika. “I think that we’re dealing with a man who is [at a] diminished capacity in control, and not doing the right thing,” she continued. “Because if he stole the money, I’d like to know where it is. You know, that’s the truth.”
Erika opened up to co-stars on a recent episode of RHOBH about how stressful everything has been, especially surrounding Tom’s dementia diagnosis. “I [have] got a lot going on,” Erika said. “A lot’s happening, even today. So, you know, yeah, I am anxious.”
Erika Jayne announced her divorce from Tom in November 2020. The couple had been married for 22 years before the split and Erika claimed that she couldn’t stay married to a shell of her husband. Despite the divorce, it seems that the reality TV star still cares about the wellbeing of her former spouse.
In that same episode of RHOBH, she told Housewives Kyle Richards and Lisa Rina that she couldn’t stand to see Tom being placed in that mental facility. ” I can’t be married to the man, but I certainly don’t want him in some facility where he’s not taken care of and discarded, you know? That is just something that I don’t feel is okay,” she said. “It’s f—– up. Want to know who your friends are? Get old and go broke,” Erika said.
Erika Jayne said that she tried to tell Tom’s family about his health issues years ago, but that they just ignored her. After the former lawyer’s 2017 car crash, Erika alerted doctors and his family that there was something wrong with her husband, but they never investigated further.
The reality TV star claimed that she has been living with Tom’s worsening mental problems for years and that it has been draining on her own mental health. “Every day you wake up with another f—king baseball bat to head,” Erika said in a RHOBH confessional. “That s—t is emotional.”