The ex-wife of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne's husband Tom Girardi has rushed to court over unpaid spousal support from the now-disbarred attorney.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Karen Girardi — who divorced Tom in 1989 and was awarded $10k a month — demanded the court update a lien she filed against his $10 million Pasadena mansion.
She said the original lien was for $95k but needs to be updated to $245k due to Girardi failing to pay his court-ordered spousal support for years.
In her filing, Karen said she originally went to court in 2020 after Girardi started missing payments. She wanted him found in contempt of court and ordered to cough up the unpaid support.
In her filing, she claimed Tom tried to work out a deal after she had her lawyer contact him. The once-respected Los Angeles attorney asked to reduce his monthly obligations from $10k down to $5k.
He reportedly told Karen's lawyer that he was “tired of paying and felt it was long enough.” No deal was reached and Tom eventually paid up a portion of the arrears.
However, she said he continued missing payments. Karen said failed to pay $5k owed for May and $20k for July and August. Court docs reveal Tom didn’t pay for September until June 2022.
Tom currently lives in a senior assisted living home in Burbank, Cali. He was moved out of his $10 million mansion miles away in Pasadena after he was diagnosed with dementia.
Karen’s support battle was put on hold after Tom’s creditors forced him into a Chapter 7 in 2020. Many of his former clients accuse him of embezzling their money to fund his lavish lifestyle.
Erika has been dragged into multiple lawsuits over the alleged financial crimes. She has denied all knowledge of any wrongdoing. Some of Tom’s creditors feel she benefited off the alleged scam and have demanded she pay back money spent on her.
A trustee was appointed in the bankruptcy to take over control of Tom’s finances and assets. As part of the process, Tom’s former mansion was put on the market but has failed to find a buyer for over a year.
One of Tom’s creditors recently demanded the home be foreclosed on. They argued some funds were better than none.
In Karen’s recent filing, she asked the court to note that the amount owed to her is $245k.
Erika filed for divorce from Tom in 2020 as his financial problems started to mount but the case has also been put on hold until a resolution in the Chapter 7.