Erika Jayne looks downcast in LA after she was served with a $50 million racketeering lawsuit following trip to Hawaii
Erika Jayne looked downcast as she stepped out of her home, days after she was hit with a $50 million racketeering lawsuit Friday at Los Angeles International Airport.
The 51-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who received the bad news on her way back from a trip to Hawaii, was seen in a black and white sweatshirt, sweats and coordinating tennis shoes.
She completed her laid-back ensemble with a pair of oversized shades, Chanel tote and her platinum blonde hair tied up in a sleek top knot with a black scrunchie.
More legal woes: Erika Jayne looked downcast as she stepped out of her home, days after she was hit with a $50 million racketeering lawsuit Friday at Los Angeles International Airport
Jayne was captured being served with the suit in images received by DailyMail.com as she traveled with Bravo castmates Lisa Rinna, 59, and Diana Jenkins, 49.
The Bravo staple was delivered the papers by a woman as she was departing from the travel hub in Southern California, Page Six reported.
In a clip published by the outlet, the process server told Jayne, ‘I just wanted to give you these documents … this is a summons and complaint to serve you.’
Stepping out: The 51-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who received the bad news on her way back from a trip to Hawaii, was seen in a black and white sweatshirt, sweats and coordinating tennis shoes
Looking good: She completed her laid-back ensemble with a pair of oversized shades, Chanel tote and her platinum blonde hair tied up in a sleek top knot with a black scrunchie
Jayne, in the suit filed by Edelson PC, is accused of conspiracy to racketeering, conspiracy and unlawful business practice among nine charges, in connection with her estranged husband Tom Girardi’s ongoing legal issues with his firm Girardi Keese.
In the legal docs, Girardi and Jayne are accused of misappropriating ‘client settlement money to project an image of wealth and to prop up a lifestyle made for reality TV.’
Edelson PC said that the EJ Global company Jayne ran had been ‘created for the purpose of funneling money from Girardi Keese to benefit’ her.
Rough few days: Her latest sighting comes after she was served with a $50 million racketeering lawsuit Friday at Los Angeles International Airport as she returned from a Hawaiian vacation with Bravo castmates Lisa Rinna, 59, and Diana Jenkins, 49
Jayne was knowledgeable of Girardi’s embezzlement ‘scheme’ toward settlement funds earmarked for victims of the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, in which all 189 people onboard died, Edelson PC said in the suit.
In court docs, Edelson PC said Jayne was a ‘frontwoman’ for Girardi Keese, ‘selling to the world’ the notion that it ‘was successful.’
Jayne was named in a prior racketeering suit filed in April that attorney Jay Edelson told the outlet in an email was ‘more limited, in terms of who we sued, what we were suing about, and the legal theories we are pursuing.’
The firm Edelson PC said the law firm run by Tom Girardi, 83, was ‘a criminal enterprise.’ He was snapped in LA in 2018
The suit Jayne was served with Friday is aimed at ‘prosecuting the claims of the clients (the widows and orphans)’ involved in the crash settlement, Edelson said.
Edelson said he’s confident his firm can ‘can prove to a jury that the Girardi firm was, and has long been, a criminal enterprise.’
Jayne has spoken about her legal troubles on the popular reality show, denying all claims of wrongdoing while saying she felt ‘terrible’ about the course of events.
She said on the show’s season 11 reunion episode last fall, ‘This is not who I am and I hope this is not who he is,’ referring to Girardi, 83, of whom she said, ‘I hope that he has not done what is alleged here.’
Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi in November of 2020 after a 21-year marriage. The former couple was seen on RHOBH
On an episode of the Bravo series earlier this month, Jayne went into detail about her marital status with Girardi, who she filed for divorce from in November of 2020 after a 21-year marriage.
Jayne said it wasn’t sensible to ‘get a divorce right now’ from Girardi with the ongoing litigation and financial issues, noting ‘there’s so much legal s*** going on.’
She said, ‘It’s ironic, but if I was divorced from Tom, I’d have to pay him alimony … I’ll stay married, thanks.’
Girardi has been living in a nursing home after he was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. His license to practice law was revoked in March of 2021, and in July of that year, he was placed into a conservatorship by his brother Robert.
Jayne said on the show that her ‘life has moved on and everything is separate’ as she’s ‘legally separated,’ adding, ‘it’s a weird time and I’m really ready for it to be over.’