Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne caused a stir when she was spotted shopping for discount clothes but the lawyer investigating is questioning the authenticity of the photos.
Ronald Richards, the attorney in charge of combing through Jayne's finances, made his opinion clear on social media.
He wrote, "Offer for attorneys fee free of repatriation & return of payments shall expire in 24 hours. Instead of creating staged press outings at TJ Maxx, just return some of the $. No one drives to Pasadena when the closest TJ Maxx is 2.5 mi from the luxury rental. Locals would know!"
His statement is a lot to unpack. At the moment, Richards and the trustee presiding over Jayne's husband Thomas Girardi's bankruptcy are suing Jayne for the return of $25 million. They accuse Girardi of using his law firm's funds to pay the bills for Jayne's company EJ Global for over a decade. The Bravo star racked up $14 million on her American Express card alone.
Recently, he offered to accept any portion of the $25 million without him charging any fees for his work. Jayne has not taken him up on the offer and instead said it seemed like "extortion."
The next part of his Twitter comment is a reference to the paparazzi photos taken this week of Jayne at TJ Maxx. The reality star looked unglamorous as she walked around the store looking at sweat clothes.
The photos were interesting because it appeared the cameraman was able to get into the store while Jayne was shopping. She didn't seem fazed by the fact that a paparazzi was following her as she was in the aisles.
It seems Richards isn't buying Jayne happened to be caught at the store. He also called out that Jayne was seen at a Pasadena location when there are closer locations near her $1.5 million rental.
Regardless, Jayne has yet to respond to the $25 million lawsuit but is gearing up for a court war. She recently filed documents to start the appeal process to remove Richards as the lawyer in charge of the investigation. She claims he keeps harassing her on social media and believes he has a conflict of interest.
The bankruptcy judge shut down her original attempt to remove Richards and questioned her motives for attempting to do so. The case is ongoing.