Erika Jayne’s accountant, divorce lawyer and landlord have all been ordered to turn over her financial records by a judge, amid the ongoing embezzlement lawsuit against herself and her ex-husband Tom Girardi.
People Magazine reports that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star – who was previously accused of refusing to give access to her finances – will now be required to provide bank statements and other documents requested by the judge.
The order comes as a bankruptcy trustee continues to investigate Girardi’s assets, as Girardi, 82, and Jayne, 49, have reportedly embezzled settlement funds meant to help families of victims of an plane crash 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.” .
Turnover: RHOBH star Erika Jayne, 49, “ordered to turn over financial records” in embezzlement lawsuit with ex-husband Tom Girardi, 82 (pictured, 2019)
According to the documents, Jayne allegedly asked the court not to appoint attorney Ronald Richards as special counsel for the trustee in the bankruptcy case, claiming he had made “false and inflammatory” remarks about him via the networks. social.
Jayne’s request says the new motion “is not media fiction.” He is a real person with rights, including the right to be treated fairly in these proceedings based on real evidence and the law.
Regarding Richards’ social media posts, his lawyers say they “violate the ethical rules to which he is bound and which unfairly target [her] with the aim of destroying her credibility even before any complaint is brought against her in these proceedings. ‘
Jayne’s lawyers also claim that Richards “continued to harass her” publicly through out-of-court statements, including on social media “to her more than 16,000 subscribers, in addition to participating in interviews on YouTube which they claim , harm the case.
Former Flame: This comes just a day after it was reported that Jayne was accused of refusing to submit bank documents to an investigator who was combing the assets of her 82-year-old ex-husband, Tom Girardi, in the middle of his bankruptcy case (Photo, 2016)
The reality TV star also included screenshots of her social media activity, which specifically targeted Jayne and Girardi, in her file.
Richards did not take the allegations lightly when he released a statement to Page Six on Friday that said, “Not a single Erika professional has cooperated with our office regarding the Girardi Keese estate.”
“We have filed numerous motions requesting documents and communications. This motion is intended to slow down our work. The estate of Thomas Girardi asks for a reduction of the stay in order to prosecute it in state court. It doesn’t sound like cooperation.
He then took aim at the claims of Jayne’s legal team regarding his follow-up and conduct on social media.
Richards told the publication: “It is laughable to suggest that our 16,000 subscribers versus Erika’s 417,000 subscribers in a city of 12,500,000 would somehow impact anything. is.
“The First Amendment does not leave the doors of the courthouse and the motion is a transparent attempt to interfere with the choice of counsel for the trustee. These First Amendment arguments were previously raised by his other lawyer and rejected. No gag order was issued.
“Merely submitting harmless and objectionable hearsay comments on publicly filed material does not create any relevant or actionable information.”
Earlier this week, allegations that Jayne refused to submit bank documents were made in a new petition filed Wednesday asking for credits that accused Jayne of refusing to hand documents, including bank statements, to the trustee investigating the assets of her ex-husband, according to People.
Law firm Girardi Keese, 82, filed for bankruptcy last year, and a recent motion also alleged that Jayne’s companies had received $ 20 million in loans from the firm in recent years.
Back then: This throwback snap was featured on RHOBH last week where Erika first addressed her marriage breakdown to Tom
The motion asks Michael Ullman, Jayne’s accountant, to obtain “key financial documents” such as receipts, bank statements and pay stubs. He also asked for all communications that took place between Jayne’s divorce lawyer Larry Ginsburg and Ullman, according to People.
“Erika has refused to give access to its management company, its CPA which also houses its management company, all the books and records of EJ Global or any of its affiliates,” the motion reads.
“Over the days, Erika publicly wasted the assets of the community by selling her clothes on public websites, posting big jewelry on social media and on TV, and did nothing to help secure structured firm payments made to her instead of the business by the California Lottery, although she was contacted through a lawyer more than twelve days ago.
The motion also accused Jayne of preventing access to her accountant, according to People.
Claims: Girardi’s law firm Girardi Keese filed for bankruptcy last year, and a recent motion also alleged Jayne’s companies had received $ 20 million in loans from the firm in recent years.
“At every turn, Erika has used the glam to continue to help and encourage these fictitious transactions that have occurred in relation to large transfers of assets from the [Girardi Keese] to Erika, ”the motion reads. “In addition, the trustee did not receive any cooperation from Erika, which is constant [sic] with someone who hides property.
New developments involving Erika, such as news that her lawyers had ditched her before returning as a lawyer, also raised concerns that the reality TV star was spending money allegedly transferred to her from ” debtor ”, aka Girardi Keese.
These events intensified “the need to find your money and investigate the receipt of funds, her purchases, including bling and glam, (diamonds and high expenditure on beauty maintenance, etc.)”.
The motion also targeted Jayne’s recent social media response to photos taken of her at a gas station, in disguise, amid accusations she and her ex Girardi have turned away from her customers.
‘Goodnight Twitter, please be full of glamor when pumping gas. Apparently that’s a big deal, ”Erika, 49, tweeted Monday, accompanied by a rolling-eyed emoji after the photos were released.
She also replied to several Twitter users earlier for it and the casual look.
The motion called the response “insensitive” and assumed that the wealth it displayed could have been money intended for those “with their money.”
Concerns: Recent events involving Erika, such as news that her lawyers had ditched her before returning as a lawyer, also raised concerns that the reality TV star was spending money transferred to her by “the debtor”, aka Girardi Keese
“Just yesterday, she sent an insensitive message on social media [sic] her bewilderment as to why people would continue to be upset by her displays of wealth (glam) while she was at a gas station, even though that money could belong to the debtor and customers of the proceeds of the settlement of the debtor, as well as to other lenders and lawyers who have been cheated of their money, ”the motion reads.
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 the Hulu 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 “.
Law360 reporter Brandon Lowrey said in the document that the estranged couple are “together in this bankruptcy proceeding” and “it will be difficult for her to say that she didn’t know something was going on.”
In a preview of the show’s 11th season, Jayne said of the accusations, “No one knows the answer except him.”