According to reports, the reality star’s lawyer appeared in court during a hearing in the lawsuit brought against her estranged husband Thomas Girardi. In the suit, Erika and Thomas are accused of embezzling millions owed to his clients.
After the lawsuit was filed, Erika started selling her used designer clothes on a French app. She was hawking Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Stella McCartney for thousands. The plaintiffs suing Erika demanded the court find her in contempt for disposing of assets.
At the hearing, the judge heard from both parties and make his decision. He told Erika’s lawyer she must immediately stop selling the clothes or selling any assets.
The judge said, “There’s an asset freeze. His assets are frozen. I think you need to convey that to your client. … If she is selling assets that are property of Tom Girardi, you need to inform her of the danger that puts her in.”
Erika’s lawyer replied, “I understand the court’s comments and will take them to my client.”
Last month, Erika and Thomas were sued by a class-action law firm Edelson PC in federal court. The firm represented families of plane crash victims who had previously been represented in a separate lawsuit by Thomas and his law firm.
In the suit, the plaintiffs accused Thomas of diverting millions owed to his clients to fund his “lavish lifestyle.” The court documents noted another creditor claimed Thomas transferred nearly $20 million to the “RHOBH” star’s entertainment company before the lawsuit.
After the suit was filed, an avalanche of lawsuits was filed against Thomas over alleged debts. His former law firm partner said he was owed $500,000, a security company who guarded Thomas’s $15 million Pasadena mansion says they are owed thousands, and Wells Fargo is asking the court to seize all of the lawyer’s office equipment over an unpaid bill.
Earlier this year, Erika filed for divorce from Thomas after 21 years of marriage. She asked the court to award her spousal support. The reality star claims she is unaware of their marital assets.
In the federal lawsuit, the plaintiffs call the divorce a “sham” and believe it was filed to avoid paying creditors. The court documents read, “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 GK. This would not be the first attempt by Tom to hide and divert assets.”