Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne has missed the deadline to “voluntarily” return millions of dollars to the lawyer investigating her in federal court.
Earlier this year, the once-respected lawyer and his longtime law firm were accused of refusing to pay tens of millions to creditors.
In court documents, the trustee presiding over the case revealed the firm has $101 million in liabilities. The trustee also hired an attorney Ronald Richards to investigate Jayne over potentially fraudulent transfers of assets from Girardi to Jayne.
The Bravo star has been fighting Richards’ appointment for months accusing him of harassing her online. The judge denied her request to kick him off the case and questioned her motives for trying to remove him.
The order reads, “It appears to be nothing more than a blatant attempt by Ms. Girardi to impede Mr. Richards’ efforts on behalf of the trustee to investigate allegedly fraudulent transfers of the debtor’s assets to Ms. Girardi and to prosecute an action against her to recover those transfers for the benefit of the estate.”
The trustee and Richards then sued Jayne for the return of $25 million. They accuse his now-defunct firm spent millions to pay the bills for Jayne’s company EJ Global.
Financial records show Jayne spent $14 million on her American Express card from 2008 until 2020. The reality star has yet to respond to the lawsuit. She denies having knowledge of Girardi’s finances and refuses to return a dime.
Girardi’s former clients have accused her of helping her husband embezzle millions and using it to fund her extravagant lifestyle. In one lawsuit, a creditor accused Jayne of filing a “sham” divorce to hide assets. She denies the claims.
On September 8, Richards made a public offer to Jayne in which he agreed to waive all legal fees if she voluntarily returned the $25 million within 10 days.
He wrote, “Erika was falsely contending we were only interested in fees. We then offered to add 10 percent to any voluntary return of the $25,000,000 in expenses the firm paid for her in the next ten days.”
“If she was interested in helping the victims, she would simply pay back some of the expenses that were improperly advanced by the law firm and improperly deducted by Erika on her LLC and personal returns. This would add 10 percent to her voluntarily compliance payment. It is not about the fees, it is about the victims,” he said.
Jayne quickly called the offer “extortion” on social media which Richards denied.
On September 17, Richards announced on social media the RHOBH star had missed the deadline to “voluntarily” pay back the $25 million.
The legal battles continues on in federal court.