Erika Jayne is buried under one big mess, and new court documents reveal even more secrets hidden under the rug. The legal documents assert that Erika and her husband, Tom Girardi, conspired together to hide assets – keeping millions away from the bankruptcy law firm, Girardi Keese. As new information emerges, fans wonder: What else is she hiding?
An update in Girardi Keese’s bankruptcy case revealed a newfound accusation, which claims Erika Jayne was hiding asset transfers and owes her husband’s law firm, Girardi Keese, millions of dollars. Erika and Tom Girardi allegedly concealed $25 million in jewelry and luxury items in order to keep funds away from the law firm’s legal woes.
The new document asserts that Erika and her businesses conspired with Girardi Keese – Tom Girardi’s law firm – “to conceal” the funds in an attempt to prevent the creditors in the bankruptcy case from accessing it. These creditors include Tom’s former business partners, as well as some of his former clients.
“Erika has used her glamor and notoriety to continue to aid and abet in sham transactions that have occurred with respect to large transfers of assets from the Debtor,” it says in the new court documents, claiming Erika “refused to return” the lottery payments and luxury items. Instead, she received them for her “own benefit.”
The alleged fraud is the latest in a series of legal troubles facing the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, after her husband, the 82-year-old Tom Girardi, was accused of embezzling funds. Those funds were allegedly stolen from the families who lost loved ones in the 2018 Boeing plane crash. Tom was subsequently sued by his business partners, which collapsed the company and resulted in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in December.
“As a result of the wrongful acts of the Defendants alleged herein, the Defendants have been unjustly enriched at the expense of the Estate and its creditors,” the document added. “The Defendants have derived and continue to derive benefit from their wrongful acts.”
Ronald Richards, the attorney for the bankruptcy trustee, filed the new court documents on Wednesday, claiming Erika Jayne received jewelry and other luxury items with funds from the sinking Girardi Keese. It was proposed that Erika used her two businesses, EJ Global, LLC, and Pretty Mess, Inc. to hide the funds. Now Erika may need to come clean with what she’s hiding.
The document continued, saying “the Defendants (Erika and her businesses) are under an obligation to pay the Plaintiff and the Estate all amounts by which the Defendants have been unjustly enriched in an amount according to proof.” The judgment order was requested by Richards, who wants Erika to pay the amount she owes back to Girardi Keese.
According to Richards, “large jewelry purchases” were made by Girardi’s law firm, and that Erika Jayne repeated appeared “on network television displaying the bling with pride as to the cost and value.” It’s likely Erika’s life-on-display mentality, shown on numerous seasons of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, could be her financial and legal undoing.
“We look forward to working cooperatively with the defendant’s new counsel on finding the answers and searching for the truth,” Ronald Richards claimed in a statement to People. Erika recently changed her legal representation after the functioning attorney-client relationship was broken with her previous lawyers
Richards continued, saying “the complaint makes a prima facie case for its claims and we hope to come to a fair and just conclusion, based upon the facts that come and the evidence received from the defendant when she decided to provide it.”
The new court documents emerge a month after Erika’s newly formed legal team requested Richards be un-appointed as the special counsel to the trustee in the bankruptcy case, claiming to the court that he made “false and inflammatory” remarks regarding the case on social media. Erika’s representation accused Richards of engaging in “vicious, conclusory, and speculative public vilification — all without evidence, which even if it existed, should and must be presented to and adjudicated by this Court.”
Richards fought back, claiming the motion to remove him was unfounded and a “Hollywood attempt to create a smoke scream to slow down our work.” The special counsel also referred to his freedom of speech and said the social media posts were protected, regardless of his legal position.
“Had there been any restrictions by the Court on free speech, they would have been adhered to, as all court orders are by our office,” he explained. Richards believes the request for his removal was only a ploy the deflect attention from Erika Jayne and what she could be hiding. It seems the court is continuously peeling back on her protective armor and revealing her alleged wrongdoing to the world.
During her appearance in Wednesday’s episode of RHOBH, Erika broke down in tears, explaining that things are getting hard as she continuously gets dragged down by Tom Girardi’s legal mess. Erika filed for divorce from Tom Girardi in November 2020, but their connection is unbroken, especially as her legal troubles continue and their shared secrets are revealed.