Erika Jayne faces a mountain of legal issues between bankruptcy, divorce and an embezzlement lawsuit against her ex-husband Tom Girardi.
The 49-year-old reality TV star is said to have changed attorneys in an ongoing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to documents obtained by Us Weekly on Tuesday.
Her attorney, Peter Matsan, filed documents to be removed from Erika’s case following the release of Hulu’s explosive documentary about her issues titled The Housewife and the Hustler.
Legal woes: Erika Jayne allegedly changed lawyer in pending Chapter 7 bankruptcy, documents obtained by Us Weekly on Tuesday show
Matsan will now be exonerated and replaced by Evan C. Borges, effective July 5.
In his opt-out request last month, the lawyer reportedly cited the Hulu document – which included interviews with former clients of Tom Girardi about his alleged embezzlement of settlement funds – as the reason for his departure.
“The relationship of trust that is essential to the proper functioning of an attorney-client relationship has broken down and, according to the lawyer’s good faith assessment, the relationship is irreparable,” the petition reads. Us Weekly.
It comes after Erika slammed another of the lawyers working on the bankruptcy just a few weeks ago.
“The relationship of trust that is essential to the proper functioning of an attorney-client relationship has broken down and, according to the lawyer’s good faith assessment, the relationship is irreparable,” wrote the former attorney at Erika in a petition, according to Us Weekly.
In previous court documents, Erika has called for lawyer Ronald N. Richards to be excluded from the case for posting “false and inflammatory social media posts and public statements” about him.
The plaintiff creditors made allegations regarding Jayne’s cooperation in a motion accusing Jayne of refusing to submit bank statements to the investigator. Jayne is also accused of using her businesses to conceal her assets.
Problematic: In his application to take down last month, the lawyer allegedly cited the Hulu document The Housewife and the Hustler – which included interviews with Tom Girardi’s former clients about his alleged embezzlement of settlement funds – as reason for leaving
Erika’s ex-husband Tom and her former law firm Girardi & Keese filed for bankruptcy last year after being sued for allegedly embezzling their clients’ money.
A recent bankruptcy petition alleged Jayne’s companies had received $ 20 million in loans from the company in recent years.
The accountant, divorce attorney and owner of the RHOBH star have all recently been ordered to turn over his financial records in connection with the lawsuit and bankruptcy.
People Magazine reported that Erika will have to provide bank statements and other documents as part of a lawsuit, having previously refused.
The order comes as a bankruptcy trustee continues to investigate Girardi’s assets, amid allegations the couple embezzled settlement funds meant to help families of plane crash victims on Lion Air flight 610.
However, according to legal documents obtained by the outlet, Jayne’s attorneys were already arguing that the reality TV star “has been and remains prepared to cooperate fully with the trustee’s investigation into this bankruptcy of debtor Girardi & Keese.” .
Charges: Tom, Erika’s ex-husband, and his former law firm, Girardi & Keese, filed for bankruptcy last year, after being sued for allegedly embezzling client settlement money
Girardi’s legal license in California was revoked in March, the same month he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Girardi faces a litany of legal issues, including a $ 2 million class action lawsuit for fraud and embezzlement from the company Edelson PC in connection with the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, in which the 189 people on board died.
He and Jayne have been prosecuted for allegedly embezzling funds intended for the families of the victims, while Edelson PC, a company for their former clients, said in court documents that their divorce last fall was orchestrated to “protect fraudulently Tom and Erika’s money “as they are” on the brink of financial collapse.
In Hulu’s documentary The Housewife and The Conqueror, attorney Sunny Hostin pointed out that Erika seeks to have her valuables classified as “separate property” in their separation, claiming they are “gifts. for her “.
Shortly before the embezzlement complaint was filed, Erika filed for divorce from Tom after two decades of marriage.
The divorce was called a sham by creditors in their bankruptcy case who alleged that their marriage was dissolved in order to further hide their assets. Allegations that Erika has since denied.
Falling apart: Shortly before embezzlement complaint was filed, Erika filed for divorce from Tom after two decades of marriage