Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne is facing more legal troubles as her estranged husband Tom Girardi’s creditors are coming after her in court.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, the lawyers representing the orphans and widows screwed out of millions by Girardi are asking the court for permission to go after Jayne.
As we previously reported, Girardi was forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this year. The once-respected lawyer is accused of running his law firm like a Ponzi scheme and screwing his clients out of tens of millions.
Financial records reveal the firm owes $101 million to various creditors. The trustee presiding over the case, who oversees collecting money and selling off assets, is suing Jayne for the return of $25 million.
The suit claims Girardi’s law firm of paying the bills for Jayne’s company EJ Global for years. The problem is many of his former clients claim they are owed millions. One fire burn victim says Girardi owes him $11 million.
They hired Jayne’s husband to bring a legal action after losing loved ones in a plane crash. Girardi worked out a multi-million-dollar settlement for the family members, but they claim he failed to pay out $2 million.
Jayne is a named defendant in the lawsuit as the orphans & widows believe she helped Girardi embezzle their money. The suit even calls Jayne’s divorce from Girardi a “sham” and claims it was an attempt to hide assets from creditors.
The bankruptcy caused all legal matters to be put on pause. The trustee will figure out the best plan of attack. As a result, the federal lawsuit against Girardi and Jayne was stayed.
In newly filed documents, Edelson says they understand they are not allowed to go after Girardi due to the Chapter 7. However, they want the court to sign off on them filing suit against the RHOBH star to try and collect on the money.
The motion reads, ‘Edelson does not seek to obtain assets that ever belonged to estate. Instead, it seeks its own, traceable assets that were embezzled by Tom and potentially given to Erika. The automatic stay provides no protection to a third party in this circumstance.”
Essentially, the orphans and widows want to continue their suit against Jayne and collect any assets or money transferred from Girardi to her. The federal judge has yet to sign off. However, he previously allowed the fire burn victim permission to go after Jayne.
Jayne is also fighting to remove the lawyer who was put in charge of investigating her as part of the bankruptcy. The judge shut down her attempts and questioned her motives. She is currently appealing the decision.