Keeping up appearances. Lawyer Jay Edelson claimed that Erika Jayne’s lavish lifestyle has not changed amid her and estranged husband Tom Girardi’s legal woes.
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“I mean there are reports that she’s making as much as $600,000 for the [Real Housewives of Beverly Hills] season,” Edelson said on the “Reality Life With Kate Casey” podcast on Wednesday, October 13. “And she’s got her glam squad and, you know, we all have to cry along with her.”
The attorney commented on the reality TV star’s current housing situation as well, saying, “The idea that you’re slumming in a $10,000 a month place is really offensive. She’s got a lot of fans, but I doubt many of them are spending $10,000 a month to live. I doubt many of them have glam squads.”
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Unbothered? Erika Jayne appeared as happy as ever during a rare public appearance amid her divorce from Tom Girardi.
The 50-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was “in a great mood” at the grand opening of Sushisamba Las Vegas Tree Bar & Lounge inside Grand Canal Shoppes on Tuesday, September 21, an eyewitness tells Us Weekly.
“Erika was so friendly and nice. She was happy,” the insider says. “She had a great time and invited guests enjoyed talking with her. She was smiling and was conversing with guests — taking photos and selfies with them.”
While she’s been active on social media in recent months, Erika hasn’t done press for the current season of RHOBH, which is documenting her and Tom’s legal woes. The twosome made headlines in December 2020 — one month after she filed for divorce — when they were accused of embezzling funds intended for the families of plane crash victims. The former lawyer, 82, and the Girardi Keese firm have since been accused of giving Erika $25 million in misused funds over the years. After Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia earlier this year, he was placed under conservatorship and moved into a senior living facility.
The Bravo star, meanwhile, has maintained on the reality series that she didn’t know about Tom’s actions.
“Being the possible target of a federal criminal investigation is like, not cool,” the Pretty Mess author told Kyle Richards during a July episode. “To have all those things said about you which are not true, and then to have everyone, basically, question everything. It’s lonely and it’s quiet and you would be shocked by how quickly people turn on you. How quickly people distance themselves from you. Automatically, they turn because they don’t want to be involved.”
According to Andy Cohen, Erika “answers everything” about the situation at the upcoming RHOBH reunion.
“I think that I asked her everything. I mean, the viewers had amazing questions and I feel that we represented the tenor of what the viewers were feeling,” the Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host teased on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy on September 13. “I thought it was fascinating, it was engaging, it was surprising. And we did, we spoke about everything.”
Cohen added that there were “no walk-offs” and “everybody faced the music” at the taping.
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Happy to Be There
According to the eyewitness, Erika “FaceTimed with a guest’s daughter who was a fan” during Tuesday’s event.
“She expressed her excitement about getting to be at Sushisamba,” the insider says. “She loved the Tree Bar and the sushi.”
Erika sported a magenta dress with matching heels and gold hoops.
The Pretty Mess author, 50, made headlines in December 2020 after she and Tom, 82, were accused of embezzling funds intended for the families of plane crash victims in a class action lawsuit by Edelson’s firm. She has since been sued for $25 million for her alleged part in the bankruptcy case, with court documents claiming Tom’s former firm, Girardi Keese, covered expenses for Erika’s glam, PR team and more while they were married.
Erika, who filed for divorce from Tom in November 2020, has maintained that she knew nothing of her estranged spouse’s alleged legal wrongdoings. Edelson, however, pointed out how the Housewife’s actions on season 11 of the Bravo series are somewhat suspect.
“This whole thing [she said of], ‘Oh, I’ve got these homes I’ve never even heard of. Let me Google where they are.’ All of it is just so tone deaf,” the lawyer said on Wednesday’s podcast. “Her character, the one that she’s portraying is this, ‘I’ve got tons of money and I don’t give an F.’ That’s totally fine. That’s great. It makes great reality TV. But it stops the second you stole money from widows and orphans.”
Edelson explained that once Erika became aware of the legal scandal surrounding Tom, she should have “changed tacks” and done something positive for the victims.
“Maybe, you want to do something to actually make sure those people are made whole. She could do that,” he added. “She could do a fundraiser in a second and pay off the $2 million in the judgment that are owed to these people.”
Edelson further claimed that Erika’s revelations during season 11 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been helpful to their case against both her and Tom.
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“This season of Real Housewives, as painful as it has been to watch — just because I’m watching through the eyes of the victims — it’s given us a lot of evidence,” the attorney said on the podcast. “On TV, you can say whatever you want, under oath, you got to tell the truth.”
Although the case against her is still ongoing, a source exclusively told Us earlier this month that Erika is looking to season 12 of RHOBH and plans to renegotiate her payday based on her public drama.
“The ratings were off the charts because of her story line and what she’s exposed,” the insider said in October, noting that Erika plans to “demand a high paycheck” if she comes back to the show. “What she’s dealing with [regarding] Tom and the court is not over yet so you can only imagine what next season is going to bring.”
Us reached out to Erika’s team regarding Edelson’s comments.