RHOBH's Erika Jayne 'refuses to hand over $1.4M diamond earrings from ex Tom Girardi to authorities' in bankruptcy case
REAL Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne “refuses to hand over $1.4M diamond earrings from her ex Tom Girardi to authorities.”
The 50-year-old’s decision is the latest update in the Bravo star’s bankruptcy case.
According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline, Erika is refusing to hand over the pair of diamond earrings Tom, 82, bought for her during their marriage.
The attorney investigating Tom’s ongoing bankruptcy case believes the disgraced lawyer purchased the earrings with money is stole from his clients.
The court has named a trustee to take control of Tom’s finances, while they must also find a way to pay his victims back.
According to the outlet, the trustee has been looking over Tom’s bank statements and financial records.
It was recently learned that Tom purchased the $750k diamond earrings for the RHOBH star with funds from his law firm’s client trust account.
The earrings- which were purchased from M&M jewelers- are now worth approximately $1.4 million.
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The legal documents state that Tom allegedly hid the theft from the client trust by “describing the purpose of the check” as a “cost” item in relation to one of his previous lawsuits.
The document reads: "Erika has no legal or equitable right to the Diamond Earrings and the same are legally and equitably valuable assets of the GK Bankruptcy Estate that the Trustee can and should sell."
While the trustee claims they demanded Erika return the pricey earrings, the TV personality has refused to comply.
The court has now been asked to order the RHOBH star to hand over the jewelry within five days.
She has also been prohibited from selling the earrings or giving them to someone else.
As of Wednesday morning, Erika has yet responded to the court’s request.
Meanwhile, Tom is unable to answer for himself as he is currently under a conservatorship rules by his brother.
The former lawyer’s family has said he suffers from dementia, while he has moved into a senior living facility amid the legal scandal.
The latest finding in the bankruptcy lawsuit comes after Erika claimed she's "broke" following the legal issues and her split from Tom.
Erika confessed her financial struggles on an episode of RHOBH after she was sued $25 million in Tom's fraud case.
During the episode, Erika admitted that she currently has "zero dollars" to her name.
While talking to Kyle Richards, 53, she said: "I did read this morning that the bankruptcy trustees want to take the house and possibly evict Tom, so we’ll see.
"I’m out here rebuilding my life, but girl, I have zero dollars.
"And by the time those trustees are done with him, there will be nothing.
"So I walk out of this with nothing."
Erika continued: “And I said that to my lawyers the other day.
"I said, ‘I expect nothing.’
"And one of my lawyers looked at me and said, ‘That is the most courageous thing I’ve ever heard.’
"Every day brings a brand new disaster. It’s just full of f**king bulls**t."
Tom and his law firm, Girardi Keese, were previously accused of embezzling funds from multiple families who lost loved ones in a 2018 Boeing plane crash.
The 82-year-old was later sued by his business partners, which resulted in a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in December.
Despite claiming she was not aware of Tom’s wrongdoings, the Bravo star has found herself at the center of the legal drama.
Erika was accused of “hiding her bank statements," as a trustee's special litigation counsel confirmed that Tom’s law firm transferred about $20 million to her many businesses.
The TV personality created one of the businesses after news broke of the embezzlement scandal.
She filed for divorce from Tom just months before news of the lawsuit broke.
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