Erika Jayne married Thomas Girardi, a founding partner of Girardi & Keese in Downtown Los Angeles, after meeting in 1998. Erika has been embroiled in a messy legal battle since her ex-husband, Girardi, was involved with embezzlement. Erika recently criticized attorneys who filed a $5 million fraud lawsuit against her.
According to Radar Online, the drama is far from over. Erika Jayne, a member of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, accused the attorneys who filed a $5 million fraud case against her of extortion. Jayne and her former husband, Thomas Girardi, are being sued by the legal offices of Philip R. Sheldon and Robert P. Finn for alleged fraud and breach of contract, alleging they never received their part of settlements after working with Girardi’s firm.
Her company is still on hold since those taxes haven’t been filed. As a result, prosecutors claim they won’t be able to continue forward with their discovery process until the case’s hearing on July 21. Jayne must make a report by June 27 “showing any steps” she has made on behalf of EJ Global to “revive the entity,” according to the California Superior Court.
They suspect EJ Global, Jayne’s company, “used money they are owed from settlements they worked on together with Girardi to fund her lavish lifestyle.” According to court documents obtained by Page Six, Jayne has been accused of obstructing the fraud investigation in order to “gain an unfair advantage in the litigation” by failing to register her company’s taxes.
Jayne is the “interest holder,” according to her attorney, Evan C. Borges, who claims she is trying to “figure out how to file tax returns without any financial records” as Girardi, Girardi & Keese and their accountants have “always managed the finances of EJ Global LLC.” Jayne had previously requested that her financial records be kept private, and later took to Instagram with a response from her attorney after pushback on keeping it confidential.
“The Sheldon plaintiffs and their Twitter-obsessed attorneys want to expose private information, which we already disclosed to the [Girardi & Keese] trustee, under a threat of pay me money ‘or else’ I go public. There’s a word for that; it’s called extortion.”
“Extortion. This is what I’m dealing with,” Jayne captioned her post on Thursday. Borges earlier spoke out in support of his client in another statement.
“The Sheldon plaintiffs have sued Erika on the preposterous and false theory that Erika, as a non-lawyer with a separate career an entertainer, somehow ran the finances of the law firm and somehow participated in the decisions made by TG and GK not to pay an illegal fee-split to the Sheldon plaintiffs. They are not entitled to a penny. Erika had nothing to do with any of it.”
Erika has a long way to go before getting out of this situation. Let’s wait and see what happens. If anything, it could make for some dramatic developments on reality television. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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