Erika Jayne will feel the heat as season 11 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Bravo!
Investigators will be tuning in to the new season of RHOBH to see if they can locate property and other assets belonging to Erika that could be seized to pay off her estranged husband Tom Girardi’s debts.
Tom currently owes at least $26 million in settlement money after being forced into an involuntary bankruptcy, which went down after Tom failed to pay his bills. Tom’s creditors not only forced him into bankruptcy but also put a trustee in place to take control of the once-famed lawyer’s finances.
The Alzheimer’s stricken attorney also remains under a court-ordered conservatorship is run by his younger brother, Robert Girardi.
According to The Daily Mail, two of the trustees have hired Beverly Hills lawyer Ronald Richards to investigate Erika’s finances. This comes amid speculation that Tom hid assets from his creditors by transferring them to his now estranged wife.
“We will be transcribing every word. The show does not provide immunity to its talent,” Richards tweeted about season 11 of RHOBH, which premieres on Wednesday, May 19.
Per the LA Times, investigators have been hired to comb through the RHOBH star’s belongings and accounts to see what money and property she has in her possession.
Erika has reportedly filed an objection to stop the investigation and to have Richards kicked off the case, claiming he’s biased.
According to Erika, all of the property she possesses, except for a few “household items,” are all gifts from her estranged husband, which she is entitled to keep.
If approved by the judge, Richards and the other special counsel will become bounty hunters who can keep up to 45% of what they seize from the reality star.
“If she wears a $150,000 ring, the victims are going to say, “That is my diamond.” If she is going to wear a $10,000 blazer, they are going to say, “That is my blazer,” attorney William F. Savino told LA Times. “If I am a victim, I am going to want her chased to the ends of the Earth and pushed off.”
Amid Tom’s bankruptcy, trustees have begun liquidating a number of his assets, including his and Erika’s $13 million Pasadena mansion, ownership interest in a pair of private planes, and more.