Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi’s divorce has taken a new turn. This divorce filing turned uglier when Edelson PC sued the couple for fraud and embezzlement on December 2 according to Us weekly. In addition to that husband, Tom has also responded to Erika’s November 2 divorce filings and has asked the Los Angeles Superior Court to terminate Erika’s spousal support. He has also requested that she pay his attorney fee.
Timeline of Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi divorce
On November 3 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne filed for divorce from Tom Girardi after 21 years of marriage according to People. The actress listed their date of separation as “[to be determined]” and cited “irreconcilable differences.” She also seeks spousal support from Tom and requested the court to terminate her ex-husband’s spousal support. She further added that he should cover her attorney’s fees and costs.
In an appearance on Andy Cohen’s Then & Now in 2017 it was also revealed that Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi didn’t have a prenuptial agreement in place. “But let me tell you something, let me be very clear. I’m married to a very powerful lawyer,” she said of Tom, who worked on the landmark case that inspired the film Erin Brokovich. “A prenup wouldn’t stand in his way anyway. So it doesn’t matter whether you had one or you didn’t, it’s going to be all Tom’s way, I assure you. He’ll rip that piece of paper to shreds in two seconds!”
The pair was also sued on December 2 for allegedly using their split to embezzle money by Edelson PC. As per the complaint from Illinois federal court, Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi embezzled settlement funds meant to help the families of victims on Lion Air Flight 610 according to Dailymail. They filed for divorce in an attempt to hide assets from collectors as they’re on the verge of financial collapse and are in dire need to finance their lavish lifestyle.
“While Erika publicly filed for divorce this month, on information and belief, that ‘divorce’ is simply a sham attempt to fraudulently protect Tom’s and Erika’s money from those that seek to collect on debts owed by Tom and his law firm,” the lawsuit alleges as reported by People.
According to ET on Tuesday Tom’s lawyer also listed their date of separation as “TBD” and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. The response was dated November 25 by the 81-year-old attorney. He had also asked the court to remove the spousal support from the actress and that he won’t pay her any money. The attorney also told that his ex pays his fees for the divorce.
Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi Marriage
Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi got married in 1999. The pair met at Chasen’s in West Hollywood where Erika was serving cocktails and Girardi was a frequent customer. She one day slipped her number to him one night and after six months they got engaged. Erika was also very quick to shut down the rumors about the couple’s 33 years age difference. Their marriage was quite unconventional as Tom even refused to wear the wedding ring during the time they were married.
Erika Jayne and Tom Giradi do not have any children together but the duo has got their step roles for the children from their earlier marriages. Erika has a 29-year old son Tommy Zizzo from her first marriage. Tommy is a police officer and has a very private life. She has also shared a picture of her son in an Instagram post with the caption, “People say we look alike.”
Tom Girardi has been married three times. His first marriage was with his Karen Weitzul in 1964 and then with Kathy Riser in 1993, both the marriages ended in divorce. Then he married Erika in 1999. He has a daughter of the almost same age as Erika. It is unclear about how many children he has from his past marriages.