The investigation into Erika Jayne is heating up with one lawyer claiming the reality star is being insincere when she claimed to be worried about her husband Thomas Girardi’s former clients who were screwed out of millions.
As Radar previously reported, earlier this year, Jayne’s husband was forced into involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy by his numerous creditors.
In court, his former business associates and clients accused Girardi of refusing to pay them tens of millions owed.
In the middle of his financial woes, the once-respected lawyer was placed under a conservatorship by his family. They claimed Girardi was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In the bankruptcy, the court appointed a trustee to take over control of Girardi’s finances.
Now he is trying to sell off assets that will bring in money to pay off debts. Before his world started to crumble, Girardi was the lead lawyer on a ton of high-profile cases. Jayne’s husband was representing 100 NFL athletes in over 100 lawsuits against the league over concussions.
Recently, the trustee proposed transferring all of Girardi’s interest in the NFL suits to another law firm. He said the other firm had been working on the cases already and will be able to take over.
Jayne objected to the decision and believes the NFL suits could bring in $20 million for the estate. She believes that money could be used to pay off her husband’s alleged victims.
She doesn’t deny that there is money on the line for her too. Last year, the RHOBH star filed for divorce from Girardi. She is demanding spousal support from her ex. The case was put on hold after the bankruptcy was filed.
Any surplus money available after Girardi’s creditors are paid could end up in Jayne’s pocket. In recently filed court documents, the trustee scoffs at Jayne’s suggestion and is asking the court to shut down her motion to stop the transfer.
The trustee claims Jayne has no right to object on the matter. He says while she can defend herself in other matters involving her but not this one. The other matter involving Jayne was a lawsuit filed by the trustee demanding the return of $25 million and other luxury items. In the motion, he says “Erika has no standing to object.”
Even if she did, the trustee says her objections have “no basis” and are “completely devoid of any evidence.”
The trustee points out Girardi is in no position to work on the cases due to his health issues. Therefore, he says they need to be transferred to lawyers who can help the clients.
He trashes her request saying, “The trustee is legitimately concerned that Erika’s objections represent her latest effort to interfere with the Trustee’s administration of the Debtor’s case, and are part of a larger campaign to hinder the Trustee’s investigation of claims against Erika.” He says before he sued her for $25 million Jayne had no objections to his work.
After the suit was filed, he says, “Erika’s feigned concern is nothing more than a distraction. In reality, Erika’s objections could derail the Trustee’s work to maximize the Estate’s value for the same creditors she claims to be looking after.” The judge has yet to rule.