Erika Girardi got stuck in another legal matter due to her estranged spouse, Tom Girardi’s embezzlement activities.
In the aftermath of Tom’s alleged fraudulent activities, Erika Girardi is slammed with a new $2.1 million lawsuit that claims that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was “intimately involved in Girardi & Keese’s business dealings” and knew that “victims were funding her notoriously lavish lifestyle”.
Ronald Richards shared the document’s picture on Twitter, saying, “A new state court civil against against Erika Girardi as reported by Radar Online. We pulled it. It is a copy and paste of the claims we filed a year ago with new victims. It correctly sets forth theories outside the purview of the bk trust”.
On Thursday, a complaint was filed against the 50-year-old actress and her company EJ Global, LLC, later obtained by People, that claims, she “aided and abetted” her husband 82, in apparent financial fraud with his law firm Girardi & Keese’s.
“The complaint is another misguided effort to blame Erika for the conduct of others in which she had no part,” told Erica’s attorney, Evan C. Borges to the news outlet.
“Erika has no law degree and never worked at or managed her former husband’s law firm,” Borges continued. “Whatever Mr. Girardi or others at his law firm did or said to the plaintiffs in this case, Erika had no knowledge or role in any of it. The focus should be on Mr. Girardi, his law firm, and anyone else who enabled what he did. Piling on Erika may generate publicity, but it’s without any basis in reality.”
The complaint filed in the name of Kathleen Bajgrowicz, mother of deceased NFL player Chuck Osborne and attorney Manuel H. Miller, alleges that Erika “knew about the scheme” that Tom pursued to withhold the client’s money. It further reads that the actress “was aware that victims were funding her notoriously lavish lifestyle shown on RHOBH”.
Miller and Tom were representing Bajgrowicz when she filed a lawsuit against the NFL after her son’s tragic death, agreeing to split the fees.
After being entitled to a settlement amount, Tom was in charge to split the funds among Bajgrowicz and Miller however he “lulled Plaintiffs into believing that the funds could not be distributed to anyone until various issues were first resolved.”
“Unknown to Plaintiffs, Girardi had already taken their money and breached his and the firm’s fiduciary duty to distribute the funds to Plaintiffs,” added the lawsuit.
“Defendants knew that Plaintiffs were fraud victims but did nothing to protect them and instead prioritized their own financial gain at Plaintiffs’ expense,” the complaint reads. “Defendants should be required to compensate Plaintiffs for the harm they have caused and should be punished for aiding and abetting Girardi’s breach of fiduciary duty and their financial elder abuse of Plaintiffs.”
Back in November 2021, Erika admitted that she had spoken to her estranged husband during the 4th segment of the ‘RHOBH’ reunion.
Reportedly, the sole focus of the 11th season of the ‘RHOBH’ earned around $600,000 salary for the show’s last season.