According to multiple reports, Bravo is being dragged into the ongoing legal battle, after lawyers representing past clients of Girardi’s are asking a judge to force them to turn over footage of the former couple discussing finances and anything related to his law practice.
An attorney working on the case — Jay Edelson — issued a statement regarding the situation saying, “We are very confident that Bravo has information that will be helpful in our efforts to recover client money stolen by Tom Girardi.”
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He continued, “This includes unaired footage of Erika and Tom. And it includes documentary evidence, including contracts Erika entered into to be on the Real Housewives and email and text correspondence with the Bravo team. We are hopeful that Bravo chooses a path of cooperation instead of using this tragedy to increase ratings and make a fortune for itself.”
The lawyer blasted Erika Jayne and her ex-husband for living an opulent lifestyle while “victims” had to endure watching it unfold on reality television.
“The victims have had to endure watching the ‘Real Housewives’ cast do things like eat caviar pie and drink specially-made vodka served by white-gloved staff as they pay lip service to the lives Tom has ruined,” he alleged. Adding, “The victims have watched Erika cry crocodile tears as she is ‘forced’ to move into a $10,000-a-month apartment while she and her glam squad parade around in a lifestyle few of us will ever know.”
Bravo Is Being Asked To Turn Over Unaired Footage
He continued, “We are hoping that Bravo changes course and decides to stop protecting Erika and its own bottom line and not make a bad decision to impair our investigation and help us recover much-needed money for the victims.”
As we reported, the lawyer filed a lawsuit against Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi for allegedly embezzling money earmarked for families of victims of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash, through what he calls a “sham” divorce. As you know, Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi in November after 20 years of marriage.
Erika Jayne responded to the Bravo subpoena, calling it a “desperate move” to go after Erika in this situation.
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“The subpoena is another desperation move and pile-on directed at Erika. There is no hidden treasure, which we have supported by providing counsel for the bankruptcy trustee with all relevant bank account and financial information in Erika’s possession,” her lawyer Evan C. Borges said.
Adding, “There’s only a small amount of additional information that I need to provide to the trustee, which along with everything else we’ve provided, shows that Erika’s divorce filing was for legitimate reasons and she has been trying to make it on her own. I realize it is not as sensational but it is time for everyone to direct their focus and questions to Tom Girardi and the Girardi Keese law firm,” but, “Erika is an entertainer. She was never a lawyer at GK and she had no role in the firm’s financial management or dealings with its clients.”
The case is ongoing, it’s unclear if Bravo will comply with the request.