Erika Jayne’s split from 81-year-old Tom Girardi keeps getting messier. Plot summary: the 49-year-old member of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills filed for divorce about a month ago. They’ve been married twenty-one years, have no kids (though she has an adult cop son from her first marriage), and they don’t have a prenup. There were rumors of affairs, living separate lives, and major financial problems that stemmed from Tom’s many lawsuits. Then, last week, the couple got sued for fraud and embezzlement by Edelson PC, a class action law firm representing the families of the passengers killed in a 2018 plane crash. The lawsuit alleges that the couple is “on the verge of financial collapse” and are embezzling money through their divorce, which is a “sham attempt to fraudulently protect” their assets from the victims’ families. Sham divorce, sham pop career, sham reality show! I believe that’s known in the biz as a sham WOW!
Now news has broken that super-lawyer Tom responded to Erika’s divorce filing a couple of weeks ago. He requested to terminate the court’s ability to award spousal support to his estranged wife (which she asked for in her initial filing) and asked that she pay his attorney’s fees. A wha-wha-whaaaa?
When Erika requested spousal support in her original November 2nd filing, she noted that she intended to seek spousal support from Tom. She also asked that the courts block Tom from requesting spousal support from her. Um, what exactly is she protecting? Her wig collection? Or all the cash he’s stashed under her name? Oh, OK, maybe that last one!*
No public comment from either of them since the filing, but last Wednesday evening, right after news of the embezzlement lawsuit broke, Erika posted a high fashion rich person photo to her socials. And those lowly commoners in the replies weren’t having any of it:
— Monique 🧜🏽♀️ (@__TheMoShow) December 3, 2020
— Randy Andy BHW (@AnnaGaBord) December 3, 2020
In the past, Erika has shared very little of her personal life on The Real Housewives. On the most recent season she and some other cast members were obsessed with getting Denise Richards to reveal details of her alleged affair with Brandi Glanville. So fans are a) sick of her shit, and b) expecting full transparency regarding her divorce on the next season. Or else Erika’s gonna look like a big ol’ hypocrite. But let’s be real. The first thing outta Ms. Jayne’s mouth next season will be, “I’m not allowed to talk about it. The documents are sealed. Blah blah blah, now here’s some more GLAM.”
*I know nothing about the law or divorces, this is all conjecture. Also, what is conjecture?