In May 2021, we reported that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Erika Jayne may be brought in to her estranged husbands bankruptcy case. Now, E! News reports that Jayne is being sued for $25 million by Tom Girardi’s bankruptcy trustee, Elissa Miller. This lawsuits stems from Jayne alledgedly using the funds from Girardi’s company for her extravagant lifestyle.
Erika Jayne allegedly received jewelry and other various luxuries that were purchased using funds from Girardi’s company, Girardi Keese. Erika has stated that due to her not receiving the payments directly from the Girardi Keese comapany, she is not liable and therefore should not have to pay the $25 million back. Per her lawsuit, Jayne charged $14 million on her credit card and another $11 million to shopping vendors. None of these payments made to Jayne from the Girardi Keese company were legitimite firm expenses, but instead used for the sole purpose of Jayne’s lavish lifestyle.
From The Article:
“Even though Erika contends ‘she did not know her husband was maintaining a debt,’ the trustee feels ‘it would be a miscarriage of justice’ if the reality star was allowed to ‘simply walk completely free’ while owing more than $25 million to the estate, according to the filing. ‘Erika signed all of her tax returns, numerous credit card slips, and was well aware of the money she spent on the Debtor’s credit cards and the Debtor’s payment of her personal expenses,’ Miller argues. ‘Her feigned willful blindness and ostrich approach to these expenditures will do absolutely nothing to limit her liability.'”
Erika’s attorney, Evan Borges, claims Erika did not deceive anyone. He claims that “the trustee and her legal team are ‘jumping to conclusions without a full investigation,’ as well as ‘bullying and blaming Erika for actions taken by Girardi Keese for which Erika does not have legal liability.'”