Erika Jayne has seen her legal situation go from bad to worse. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was previously named in a $2.1M embezzlement lawsuit earlier this year. Now, she has been labeled the “frontwoman” in ex Tom Girardi’s alleged fraud “scheme” in a $50 million racketeering lawsuit.
The reality star has been named in a new case from Edelson PC. The new lawsuit alleges that she used her public platform to “prolong” Girardi’s firm’s alleged scheme. Jay Edelson from Edelson PC gave Page Six a statement explaining the situation.
“The victims of Tom’s fraud have had to sit back and watch Erika spend obscene amounts of money as they had nothing. This is a giant step forward in obtaining real accountability for what was the largest criminal racketeering enterprise in the history of plaintiff’s law. It’s time for her to stop the lies and start taking some accountability.”
According to court documents obtained by the outlet on Tuesday, the reality star allegedly hid the truth about her estranged husband’s alleged misconduct throughout their marriage. The filing listed nine different complaints against the defendants, including racketeering, receipt of stolen property, aiding and abetting concealment of stolen property, unlawful business practice and consumers legal remedies act and deceit.
“As the layers have been pulled back more and more each day with the pending bankruptcies of Girardi Keese and Tom, and the torrent of claims and investigations that came in the wake of the firm’s collapse, the real story is one that seems like a tale out of a John Grisham novel: Girardi Keese was little more than a criminal enterprise, disguised as a law firm,”
The documents also alleged that, “Tom and Erika routinely misappropriated client settlement money to project an image of wealth and to prop up a lifestyle made for reality TV.” The paperwork also accused Jayne of “flaunting” her wealth, and “acting as the ‘frontwoman’ of the operation, selling to the world (including unsuspecting clients) that Girardi Keese was successful.”
”Indeed, the Girardi Keese firm operated what we now know was the largest criminal racketeering enterprise in the history of plaintiffs’ law. All told, it stole more than $100 million dollars from the firm’s clients, co-counsel, vendors, and many others unfortunate enough to do business with the firm,”
However, Jayne, for her part, has maintained her innocence both on and off camera while filming “RHOBH.” She said during the Season 11 reunion in October 2021, “I feel terrible. This is not who I am,” She added, “And I hope this is not who he is. … I hope that [Tom] has not done what is alleged here.”
Meanwhile, representatives for Jayne have yet to comment on the recent developments. Stay tuned to Thirsty for future updates.
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