Erika Jayne’s divorce is allegedly a sham, and was filed to hide money, according to a new lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
The suit accuses the reality TV couple of embezzling settlement funds meant to help the victims of Lion Air Flight 610, per federal court documents filed.
According to the lawsuit, Thomas Girardi and his law firm Girardi Keese “are on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds” and his “need to fund outrageous lifestyles for himself and his soon-to-be ex-wife Erika Jayne” is the reason for her spontaneous divorce filing earlier this year.
“While Erika publicly filed for divorce this month, on information and belief, that ‘divorce’ is simply a sham attempt to fraudulently protect Tom’s and Erika’s money from those that seek to collect on debts owed by Tom and his law firm GK,” the lawsuit alleged.
According to the lawsuit, Thomas Girardi has stolen funds intended for clients before, and he “continues to use that money to find his and Erika’s lavish lifestyle, release personal guarantees, pay down loans, route the money to friends and family and satisfy other outstanding debts.”
The lawsuit even references Erika’s song, “Exxpen$ive,” and her self-reported claims that it costs $40,000 a month for her glam, as reasons for the need to embezzle the funds.
Erika, 49, filed for divorce from her husband of 21 years in November and she’s seeking spousal support from Tom, 81.
According to Los Angeles Superior Court docs obtained by the outlet, the dance queen is asking the court to require Tom to pay her attorney fees and terminate his freedom to seek her financial support.
Erika had been concealing her left hand in recent social media shares, after splitting from her husband of 20 years. Erika recently told fans that she was “thriving” as a soon to be single woman.
Production on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is currently on lockdown due to a Coronavirus outbreak among the cast.
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