Erika Jayne, the 50-year-old reality star, who performs as Erika Jayne, burst into tears on the 11th episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The episode was titled A Pretty Meltdown as she conversed with Kyle Richards, at a park after the cast was quarantined following a COVID-19 outbreak.
After months of speculation, Erika Jayne finally addressed rumors about her divorce being a ‘sham.’ After joining the series for season six, her marriage to Tom became a hot topic of conversation. Some viewers did not understand why Erica would marry someone who would be three decades older than her while others thought them to be a great couple.
Erica finally denied that her divorce from Tom Girardi is a “sham” and that their assets were a result of an embezzlement lawsuit.
The Matter of Divorce
Jayne, filed for divorce from Girardi, after clocking in 21 years of marriage. A month after Jayne filed for divorce, Girardi went into involuntary bankruptcy. A lawsuit was soon slapped against the duo on behalf of several families who lost their lives in the Lion Air Flight 610 crash, which occurred in October 2018.
The Allegation Against Girardi
Girardi had allegedly embezzled settlement money that was supposed to go to the family members of the victims. Girardi and Jayne were both accused of using that money and fund their ostentatious lifestyles and pay off loans to save Girardi’s sinking law firm.
Allegations ran thick and fast and one of them was that the divorce was part of an attempt to hide assets. However, Jayne was quick to deny the allegations, claiming nobody wanted to know the truth.
What Jayne Has to Say About it
When Jayne was asked outright about the embezzlement lawsuit facing herself and her former husband, Jayne quickly clarified that she had nothing to say about it. She even found the constant scrutiny and speculation depressing and her legal woes were overwhelming, to say the least.
Girardi’s Health Issue
In February, Girardi was forced under a temporary conservatorship. A psychiatrist told the courts that Tom was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and he was unable to take care of his personal or financial matters. Girardi’s brother had filed official letters of conservatorship, which clearly stated that Girardi was suffering from a major neurocognitive disorder.
A judge also ruled that the former clients of Girardi can pursue an $11 million collection against Jayne. The lawsuit came after the bankruptcy trustee who was investigating Girardi’s assets discovered that Jaybne’s business has been providing a steep sum of over $20 million in loans from Girardi law firm over a stipulated time frame.
Life After Divorce for Erica
Erika’s divorce has been covered in more than 1 episode of season 11 of RHOBH. After her November 2020 divorce filing, viewers have seen a new side of Erika who left her lavish home and was settling into a more modest home and trying hard to fall into the rhythm of a new life.
Erika asserted on the episode, that she has been doing laundry herself and doing mundane chores such as doing dishes. Post her divorce she is also managing without a housekeeper and a gardener. She explained all about her predicament to her costars, Crystal and Kathy Hilton. She values her privacy and so she likes this new part of her life where she gets to do things her own way.
Erika also told her castmates that there was a reason why she and her husband Tom divorced, it was because they were drifting apart.
She already knew that her marriage was heading the divorce way. Erica had to make a decision in her favor. It was difficult to lead that kind of dual life.
However, even after the divorce the duo Erika and Tom, continue to face legal issues. What with the case slapped by a bankruptcy trustee continuing to investigate the stars and asking for her financial records from her accountant, divorce attorney, and landlord, things look rather grim for the duo. Will things get any better for the hassled duo? Well, we don’t know that yet. However, we are sure the truth will come out sooner than later, till then watch this space to know more about the legal wrangles of Erica and Tom.