Hard times in the 90210!
Kyle Richards is opening up about how her co-star and good friend Erika Jayne following the bombshell documentary The Housewife and the Hustler, which detailed Erika and estranged husband Tom Girardi’s legal woes.
“I mean, you know, obviously it’s a hard time,” Kyle told Access Hollywood on Wednesday, June 15. “But she’s doing OK.”
Accoridng to court documents, the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills couple “are on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds.”
In December 2020, Erika and Tom were accused of embezzling settlement money intended for the victims of families killed in a 2018 plane crash.
Erika maintains that she was unaware of Tom’s financial and legal issues. The RHOBH star has to be legally charged with anything.
Despite the drama, Erika’s co-workers continue to support her and insist that her career as a Beverly Hills Housewife is secure.
“I don’t think that documentary will affect her future on the show,” Andy Cohen said on Wednesday during SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live. “I will say the idea that Danielle Staub and Dana Wilkey are the experts in this documentary about Erika is questionable at best. So I kind of realized I wasn’t gonna learn anything new from them about Erika.”
Meanwhile, Kyle recently revealed to Entertainment Tonight that she’s not here to “defend” Erika but to “support” her friend.
“To me, it’s easy to judge someone on reality television,” Kyle remarked. “She’s someone that has dealt with that for years, even before reality television was a part of her life. So, when the audience watches the show, they have to remember, this was six months ago. It was literally unfolding as we were filming. Every day it was another headline, another story coming out, and some of them were devastating, and I’m sure some people think, ‘Oh, she knew…’ and all that shady stuff they’re talking about. But you really don’t know, and if you know Erika, you think, ‘Well, why would she have known all of this stuff?’”
“I don’t feel that Tom Girardi, one of the biggest attorneys in the world, was going home and sharing things happening at his firm with his wife,” she added. “That’s not the relationship they had, but you’re going to see a lot of that unfold, and she has a very, very difficult time. It’s a very difficult time in her life right now.”
Kyle also noted that there’s a big difference between defending and supporting a friend.
“I’m not defending because I don’t know anything,” she says. “I don’t know. I’m not going to sit there and say, ‘I know for a fact, so I’m going to defend…’ No. I don’t know, so I’m there to support, not to defend.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
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Source: Us Weekly