The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne has been going through the ringer for the past few months. Her marriage to Tom Girardi fell apart after he was disbarred and accused of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars from a slew of clients over the years. She filed for divorce and later shared her feelings, but in the time that followed, she faced charges of complicity. Plus, she had to return jewelry her ex gave her and more. She’s not the only one either, as a “friend” of Tom Girardi’s is also dropping expensive items he gave her.
Last month, this so-called “friend” delivered a slew of articles directly related to Tom Girardi’s ongoing legal troubles. She returned a bunch of jewelry, including a heart-shaped diamond necklace from Tiffany, a Cartier pavé diamond and gold necklace, a Bulgari pearl and diamond necklace, and expensive earrings.
The markings alone would apparently indicate that the items were expensive, but just in case there was a question at auction, they would be expected to fetch $15,000. The stickiest part of it all, however, is that the jewelry was purchased by Girardi for Tricia A. Bigelow, a woman he allegedly had an affair with, and a previous report to the Los Angeles Time indicates that the former attorney may have used $300,000 in stolen funds to also purchase a condo on the beach. (The woman, a retired California appellate judge, reportedly returned the articles on her own initiative.)
Erika Jayne reportedly responded to breaking the news with a “fuck me” also saying “no way” when faced with the $300,000 purchase.
Now this week Tom Girardi’s alleged ‘friend’ has been ‘rushed back’ to court, by Speed cameras online. The outlet notes that the woman in question reportedly “found some extra jewelry in the back of her closet.” The three additional items were all from Cartier and include a watch, bracelet and necklace. They could raise an additional $9,500 which would go to victims of the embezzlement scheme.
The news comes after Erika Jayne herself was asked to return a pair of earrings Girardi gave her. The purchase of the earrings was traced and it was confirmed that her ex had used the money from his Ponzi antics to buy the earrings for her. Jayne’s earrings were valued at $1.4 million at the time, and her unwillingness to hand them over landed her in more legal trouble.
Jon Hamm, a famous Housewives fan, even recently shared her own viral thoughts on the earrings issue, telling howard stern:
Eventually, she was found to be “civilly liable” for failing to return the earrings. His conduct was also deemed a “crime” by the trustee involved in the case, and a judge eventually ordered him to surrender the expensive items.
There have been many other Items bought by Girardi sold at auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars. This includes items like furniture and a Steinway piano, and even a signed poster by Julia Roberts from the film. Erin Brokovitch.
Jayne also faces lawsuitsincluding a recent one in which she was served at an airport with a stack of papers alleging the RHOBH star was aware of her then-husband’s alleged actions. She was charged with “racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, illegal business practice and deception”. She is too implicated in other lawsuits related to Tom Girardi and the money he owes his clients, including a lawsuit filed by Nic Cage’s ex.
This is a situation where real legal issues have occasionally surfaced on our television screens. In fact, a lot of the events and Erika Jayne’s feelings about them happened during episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and can be viewed with a Peacock subscription. You know, just in case you want to be noted Housewives fan like Jon Hamm.