The former New York housewife is claiming that everyone knew what was going on with Erika and her lawyer husband Tom Girardi but turned a blind eye. Making matters worse, Frankel claims that people have known for years and saw something like this coming. Obviously not as bad though.
The Skinny Girl founder broke down what she knows and how long she has known on her podcast Just B With Bethenny Frankel.
Erika Was Always ‘Showing Off’
Frankel shared that she knew of Giradi as a top lawyer but was introduced to him by her late ex-fiancé, Dennis Shield. He was a lawyer as well and had interacted with Girardi on several occasions.
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The former reality star claimed that she met Erika at a conference she attended with Shields and noticed that she was always “showing off” and pointed out that rich showoffs are not a good sign. “My experience is — especially with the Housewives, but really, everywhere as well — if someone’s flaunting their money, they don’t really have it.”
She pointed out that this is so common in Beverly Hills. “The more that they flaunt it and the more that they brag about it, usually there’s something wrong.” It looks like no one gave Erika the memo.
Dennis Had The Tea
Its times like this we truly miss Shield because he was supplying our girl B with all tea before we knew we needed it. “Dennis said to me, ‘[Tom] doesn’t have it like that,” claimed Frankel and went on to share that the late lawyer claimed Giradi owed him and several other friends a lot of money.
“He owes me money. He owes me half a million dollars. I know this other guy he owes a million and a half dollars. He doesn’t have money. He owes everybody money.’” Frankel being the junior sleuth she is, pressed Shield for more information and he dropped the million-dollar bombshell.
‘He’s Using People’s Money’
“What are you talking about? How is she flying around on [private planes]?’” she pressed. “And he said, ‘It’s because he’s using people’s money to support her lifestyle.” The accusations didn’t stop there he also allegedly claimed that Girardi had a hard time “saying no” to the blond bombshell.
“He’s using the company’s money to support her lifestyle.’ Dennis said this. … I said, ‘Why would he do that?’ He goes, ‘He can’t say no to her’”. The former reality star went on to share that the lawyer’s issues with money and even his own personal legal problems were “a well-known secret”
She Tried To Warn Andy
The entrepreneur also went on to claim that she tried to warn people close to Erika about the drama including Andy Cohen, the housewife franchise creator and Watch What Happens Live host.
She also claimed to tell the singer’s makeup artist Kristofer Buckle about it. “I told [Erika’s makeup artist] Kristofer Buckle about it. I told Andy Cohen about it, just to say, ‘It’s not what you think.’”
She allegedly also told Lisa Rinna and Kyle Richards who have been trying to support the singer on the current season 11 of the show. Frankel mentioned that she was ultimately validated because she received a call from Cohen.
“When this came out … Andy called me and said, ‘Holy s**t. You really do know it all. You told me about this years ago’. I’m like, ‘Yeah, I told you.’ … I knew about this whole thing. I knew since, yeah, probably 2017 and 2018, I knew about this.”