Erika Jayne’s lawyer is blasting reports that the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star understood her estranged partner, Tom Girardi, gifted her diamond earrings with funds he allegedly stole from consumer resources.
“First, Erika is entirely innocent,” Evan Borges alleged in a court docket submitting completely acquired by Site 6 Wednesday.
“Not even the trustee alleges that Erika understood the resource of cash that her wealthy partner utilised to purchase her a gift of earrings 15 several years ago (which changed a prior set of earrings acquired yrs prior to that).”
Irrespective of her alleged ignorance, Jayne, 50, has agreed in a “showing of superior faith” to not provide or transfer the earrings pending an investigation, for every the court docket documents.
The jewellery will be held in a 3rd-get together escrow right up until a “final purchase is entered.”
In a individual submitting Wednesday, the trustee in Girardi’s bankruptcy case claimed the disgraced attorney bought diamond earrings truly worth $750,000 in 2007 from M&M Jewelers, using revenue that was in a customer belief account at his aged law firm, Girardi & Keese.
“Girardi then concealed the theft by describing the intent of the look at on the GK Rezulin Have confidence in Account (‘RTA’) Ledger as a ‘cost’ product of the ‘Rezulin’ mass tort litigation, noting the payee to be ‘M&M’ with out even more clarification,” the court files allege.
Ronald Richards, an legal professional who was earlier included in the personal bankruptcy scenario, advised Website page 6, “By mislabeling these as ‘costs,’ the clientele got less cash. This was an outright theft of customer dollars.”
Borges named the trustee’s allegations “inadmissible rumour centered on no statement from any person with personalized knowledge, and which amounts to random Girardi Keese (‘GK’) records that the trustee mentioned only months ago were in finish disarray and unreliable.”
He included that the promises “casts doubt” above the allegation that Girardi Keese resources were used to shell out for the earrings.
Borges accused the trustee of trying to make Jayne liable “for the conduct of other individuals, such as her now-estranged spouse who is less than a courtroom-purchased conservatorship and allegedly mentally incompetent.”
Girardi’s firm owes over $101 million in debt for allegedly mismanaging clients’ resources, which includes those people of the victims of Lion Air Flight 610. The former legal professional, who has been identified with dementia, is residing in a senior living facility while this scenario performs out.
Back in October, Jayne’s lawyers explained they were being in talks to settle the $25 million lawsuit, in which she was accused of using income from her husband’s agency to fund her lavish life-style.
Jayne and Girardi were married for 21 years right before she submitted for divorce in November 2020.