Reality TV star Erika Jayne was not pleased to learn of reports her estranged husband Tom Girardi had allegedly wired his mistress hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase a beach condo in California.
In bombshell court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, it was reportedly discovered that Girardi – a disgraced powerhouse attorney in LA – misused $US300,000 ($440,000) from settlement money he had won for clients to fund the oceanfront purchase for his supposed lover.
Los Angeles Times reported that, according to the documents, the 2015 transfer did not come from the 83-year-old’s personal bank account, but rather from a trust account containing settlement money for clients of his law firm, Girardi Keese.
It’s believed Jayne – a star on the hit reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – was informed of the alleged transaction earlier this month during her testimony in her ex’s $5 million ($7 million) fraud and embezzlement lawsuit.
“F–k me,” she reportedly said to her legal team after learning of the wire transfer. “No way. No way.”
As the report was published in the Los Angeles Times this week, 51-year-old Jayne also shared her thoughts on Instagram.
“Wow. I knew about jewelry, shopping sprees, and plastic surgery but this really threw me for a loop,” she wrote alongside a photo of the condo in question.
This week, Los Angeles-based Judge Richard Fruin found no evidence that the RHOBH star participated in “any wrongdoing” in the fraud case against in her estranged husband.
Girardi was accused of misappropriating funds from crash victims’ families to fund his extravagant Beverly Hills lifestyle with Jayne, who was accused of knowing about the alleged financial crimes. However, Judge Fruin has since ruled Jayne had no “actual knowledge” of Girardi’s alleged wrongdoings.
The ruling is tentative, with a final judgment scheduled for Friday, but it appears Jayne’s name will be cleared.
“No evidence exists to support an ‘aiding and abetting’ claim against Ms. Girardi, which reinforces the propriety of summary judgment,” read documents obtained by People.
“Thank you to my friends that have stood beside me,” she wrote on Instagram after the ruling as she shared a screenshot of an article clearing her name. “All I asked for was time and understanding.”
Jayne and Girardi were married for 21 years ahead of their split in 2020 when she filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences”.
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