Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne’s husband Thomas Girardi has officially invoked his fifth amendment right not to testify.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, the once-respected lawyer notified a federal court judge he had no intention of talking about millions that were meant for orphans and widows.
He signed a declaration reading, “I, Thomas Girardi hereby state under penalty of perjury that, if called as a witness in pending contempt proceedings … I will follow the advice of my counsel and invoke my constitutional rights to remain silent.”
Girardi, before he had his law license suspended, represented family members who lost their loved ones in a plane crash. He hashed out a multi-million-dollar settlement, but his former clients claim they never received the full amount.
In court, Girardi and Jayne are accused of embezzling the money to help pay for their lavish lifestyle.
The judge found Jayne’s husband in contempt of court along with two partners at his firm. One of the men included his former bookkeeper David Lira.
Recently, Girardi’s lawyer said his client planned to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The attorney pointed out 82-year-old Girardi was dealing with health issues and couldn’t testify. She claimed, "He does not recall one of my conversations with him between conversations.”
For his part, Lira claims he has no idea where the millions went. The fight to find the money continues. As Radar previously reported, earlier this year, Girardi was forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy by his creditors.
The court appointed a trustee to take over control of Girardi’s finances. He is currently trying to sell off assets to pay off his debts. He placed his Pasadena mansion up for sale and is selling off his prized possessions at auction.
The trustee also filed a lawsuit against Jayne demanding she return $25 million.
The Bravo star has publicly denied knowing anything about her husband’s finances. She has yet to respond in court. Last year, as Girardi’s world was falling apart Jayne slapped him with divorce papers after 21 years of marriage.
She is demanding spousal support but the case was put on hold due to the bankruptcy.