Erika Jayne’s life truly is a Pretty Mess!
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s financial and legal woes continue to get worse and worse. She was hit with a $2.1 million lawsuit for “aiding and abetting” her estranged husband Tom Girardi and his Girardi Keese law firm.
Attorney Manuel H. Miller and his client Kathleen Bajgrowicz, the mother of late NFL star Chuck Osborne, filed a lawsuit against Erika’s EJ Global LLC for her role in Tom’s alleged embezzlement activities.
Tom’s former law firm associate David Lira was also named in the lawsuit. Oddly enough, Girardi and Miller represented Bajgrowicz in the case against the NFL and “agreed to share the fees” however, after receiving a settlement, Miller and Bajgrowicz allege that Tom never distributed the funds.
The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, claims the reality TV star “knew about [Tom’s] scheme” of allegedly withholding money from clients and that the money was “funding her notoriously lavish lifestyle.”
They also claim that Erika and EJ Global knew “Girardi was operating a Ponzi scheme” and allege that Erika had “assisted or encouraged Girardi” because it “benefitted them financially.”
“Unknown to Plaintiffs, Girardi had already taken their money and breached his and the firm’s fiduciary duty to distribute the funds to Plaintiffs,” they claim in the lawsuit.
Miller claims to be owed $278,000 while Bajgrowicz seeks $1.8 million.
Not surprisingly, Erika denied any wrongdoing in a statement released by her attorney Evan C. Borges.
Meanwhile, the hits don’t stop there. According to Radar Online, Tom’s life insurance policies have been seized in his ongoing bankruptcy.
The trustee overseeing Tom’s involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is demanding the once famed lawyer’s two life insurance policies be cashed out to repay his debtors.
One life insurance policy has a cash value of $36,848.41, while the other is $48,493.45. MassMutual holds both policies. The trustee is demanding MassMutal turn over the cash value to the policies.
The insurance company has agreed to turn over $85,341.86 once a judge signs off on the deal. Tom currently owes over $101 million to creditors between his personal bankruptcy and his law firm’s bankruptcy.
It seems less and less likely that Erika will get a dime in her divorce from Tom.
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