Erika Jayne is in trouble as The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, 49, was dropped by her lawyers following the release of Hulu documentary, “The Housewife and the Hustler.”
Per the court documents obtained by Page Six on Tuesday, the lawyers- representing her in Tom’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case – said in their court documents that “the relationship of trust and confidence that is essential to a properly functioning attorney-client relationship has broken down and, in the good faith assessment of counsel, the relationship is irreparable.”
Erika was notified of their withdrawal on Monday, the same day the Hulu documentary, The Housewife and the Hustler dropped.
The firm, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, also said they have advised Erika to seek new representation and have warned her of “the potential consequences of not timely securing replacement counsel.”
While the ABC-produced documentary focuses on giving a voice to the clients that Tom Girardi, 82, allegedly stole money from, it also reveals that the reality star had been listed as a secretary of one of his LLCs and that money was transferred to her company, EJ Global.
Erika Jayne filed for divorce from Tom Girardi, 82, in November, after two decades of marriage. A month after she filed for divorce, Tom and Erika were sued for allegedly using their split to embezzle money. The case remains ongoing, as Girardi was forced into involuntary bankruptcy.
Though Erika has not legally been charged with any crimes, one of the biggest questions posed in the documentary – and on the current season of RHOBH – is how much she knew when it came to Tom’s legal woes.
In the documentary, reporter Brandon Lowrey explained, “[Tom and Erika are] together in these bankruptcy proceedings. A lot of these debts that they owe in bankruptcy proceedings, [they] owe together, possibly. It’s going to be hard for her to say she didn’t know that anything was going on.”
In December, Tom and his law firm, Girardi & Keese (GK) had their assets frozen by a judge in a case of civil contempt. In addition, Tom was also hit with another lawsuit, in December, this time from his partner, Robert Keese, and fellow business partners, Robert Finnerty and Jill O’Callahan, to dissolve their venture together.
While all the cases against him are under legal proceedings, Tom Girardi has been diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease and his younger brother, Robert, has been named as a conservator over his person and estate.
Check out the highlights of Erika Jayne And Tom Girardi’s documentary here.
The documentary, The Housewife and the Hustler, has been garnering a lot of views with some amusing reactions on Twitter.