Erika Jayne’s lawyer is blasting reports that she knew jewelry she received from her estranged husband, Tom Girardi, was purchased using stolen client funds.
“First, Erika is completely innocent,” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s lawyer Evan Borges said in a court filing obtained by Page Six on Wednesday. “Not even the trustee alleges that Erika knew the source of funds that her wealthy husband used to buy her a gift of earrings 15 years ago (which replaced a prior set of earrings bought years prior to that).”
Per court documents, Erika has agreed to a “showing of good faith,” which means she will not sell or transfer the ownership of the earrings until an investigation takes place.
The jewelry will be held in third-party escrow until a “final order is entered.”
As we previously reported, the trustee overseeing Tom’s bankruptcy case alleges that the once famed lawyer purchased the earrings in March 2007 when he issued a check from the GK Client Trust Account to M&M Jewelers for $750,000. He later gave them to Erika as a gift.
Tom listed the jewelry purchase as a “cost” in the GK Rezulin Trust Account ledger and never gave further details on the payment. The Rezulin Trust ledger shows that Tom took over $22 million from the account over the years.
Attorney Ronald Richards told Page Six, “By mislabeling these as ‘costs,’ the clients got less money. This was an outright theft of client money.”
Erika’s lawyer, on the other hand, insists the trustee’s claims are “inadmissible hearsay based on no statement from anyone with personal knowledge, and which amounts to random Girardi Keese (‘GK’) records that the trustee stated only months ago were in complete disarray and unreliable.”
He also slammed the trustee for trying to make Erika responsible “for the conduct of others, including her now-estranged husband who is under a court-ordered conservatorship and allegedly mentally incompetent.”
RHOBH is expected to return to Bravo in Spring 2022.
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