Erika Jayne’s attorney, Evan Borges, fired back at Bethenny Frankel’s recent debt claims about Tom Girardi and his now-estranged wife.
Borges called the former Real Housewives of New York star’s claims just another example of people trying to pile on Erika.
“Erika has no knowledge of the alleged loans or the conversations referred to by Ms. Frankel, which even per Ms. Frankel, didn’t involve Erika,” Borges told Page Six in a statement. “To me, this is another example of people trying to throw dirt on Erika based on alleged conversations (this time, with an individual, Dennis [Shields], who I understand is deceased) where even the perpetrator of the gossip says Erika wasn’t involved.”
However, a source says Bethenny never bashed Erika on her podcast.
“If you listen to ‘Just B with Bethenny,’ she compliments Erika. This is about Tom and the deception he perpetuated throughout the legal industry, which was widely known for years,” the source noted.
As we previously reported, Bethenny claims she knew all about Tom’s financial issues years before they became public knowledge.
She also alleged that Tom owed her late ex-boyfriend, Dennis Sheilds, $500,000.
“He owes me half a million dollars,” Bethenny said. “I know this other guy he owes a million and a half dollars. He doesn’t have money. He owes everybody money.”
Apparently, Tom’s financial woes were the “worst-kept secret” in the world of Los Angeles attorneys. “It was a thing,” Bethenny said before adding that she was told that Tom’s debt “aggravates everybody,”
“That’s just what happens – things take a long time to come out,” she said. “They all knew about it.”
The Skinnygirl mogul noted that she was confused about how Erika could fly private all the time and spend $50k a month on a glam squad, to which Dennis allegedly responded, “It’s because he’s using people’s money to support her lifestyle. He’s using the company’s money to support her lifestyle.”
“My experience is, especially with the ‘Housewives’ … if someone’s flaunting their money, they don’t really have it,” Bethenny said, adding that Tom couldn’t “say no” to Erika.