Moment Real Housewives star Erika Jayne is served with $50million racketeering lawsuit accused of nine charges moments after landing at LAX from her luxury Hawaii holiday
- Photos show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star being served with suit at LAX
- Erika Jayne was arriving from Hawaii with castmates Lisa Rinna, Diana Jenkins
- Jayne was given docs by a process server as she was departing from the airport
- In the suit filed by Edelson PC, she is accused of conspiracy to racketeering, conspiracy and unlawful business practice among nine charges
- Jayne has spoken about her legal troubles on the reality show, denying all claims of wrongdoing while saying she felt ‘terrible’ about the course of events
Photos show the moment reality TV star and singer Erika Jayne is served with a $50million racketeering lawsuit at Los Angeles International Airport as she returns from a Hawaiian vacation with Bravo castmates Lisa Rinna, 59, and Diana Jenkins, 49.
The Atlanta-born reality star had donned a white tracksuit on the travel day, along with a Gucci duffle bag and a face mask as she was approached by a process server.
Erika Jayne is served with a $50 million racketeering lawsuit Friday at Los Angeles International Airport as she returns from a Hawaiian vacation
The latest: Erika Jayne, 51, was served with a $50 million racketeering lawsuit Friday at Los Angeles International Airport as she returned from a Hawaiian vacation. She was snapped in LA in 2020
Jayne has spoken about her legal troubles on the reality show, denying all claims of wrongdoing while saying she felt ‘terrible’ about the course of events
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.’
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.
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.
Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi in November of 2020 after a 21-year marriage. The former couple was seen on RHOBH
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.’
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.’