Fans expected Erika and Tom Girardi’s divorce to get ugly and dramatic, but no one expected the latest claims being made against the estranged couple.
The estranged Real Housewives of Beverly Hills couple is being sued for fraud and embezzlement amid their divorce.
On Wednesday, December 2, class action firm Edelson PC claimed in federal court documents that Erika and Tom “are on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds.”
According to Us Weekly, the lawsuit alleges that Tom and Erika “embezzled settlement funds intended to help the families of the victims of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed in 2018 and killed all 189 occupants.”
“While Erika publicly filed for divorce this month, on information and belief, that ‘divorce’ is simply a sham attempt to fraudulently protect Tom’s and Erika’s money from those that seek to collect on debts owed by Tom and his law firm GK,” the documents claim.
The lawsuit further alleges that Tom’s “need to fund outrageous lifestyles for himself and his soon-to-be ex-wife” is the reason why the RHOBH star filed for divorce on November 3.
They also claim that Tom has used money intended for his clients to “release personal guarantees, pay down loans, route the money to friends and family, and satisfy other outstanding debts.”
On November 3, Erika shocked the Bravouniverse when she filed paperwork to end her 21-year marriage to Tom, citing irreconcilable differences.
“After much consideration, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi,” she said in a statement at the time. “This is not a step taken lightly or easily. I have great love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we built together. It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserve. I request others give us that privacy as well.”
Later that month, Erika requested spousal support from Tom and asked that he pay all her attorney fees. She also demanded that the court block Tom from requesting spousal support from her.
Tom and Erika married in January 1999 and did not sign a prenuptial agreement.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is expected to return for season 11 in mid-2021.
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