Erika Girardi has found herself in yet another legal battle in connection to her estranged husband Tom Girardi‘s alleged embezzlement activities.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 50, as well as her company EJ Global, LLC were named in a $2.1 million complaint filed this past Thursday which was obtained by PEOPLE. It claimed she “aided and abetted” Tom, 82, in his law firm Girardi & Keese’s alleged financial wrongdoings.
“The complaint is another misguided effort to blame Erika for the conduct of others in which she had no part,” Erika’s attorney Evan C. Borges shared with the outlet in a statement.
“Erika has no law degree and never worked at or managed her former husband’s law firm,” Borges adds.
“Whatever Mr. Girardi or others at his law firm did or said to the plaintiffs in this case, Erika had no knowledge or role in any of it. The focus should be on Mr. Girardi, his law firm, and anyone else who enabled what he did. Piling on Erika may generate publicity, but it’s without any basis in reality.”
The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of attorney Manuel H. Miller and Kathleen Bajgrowicz, mother of the late NFL star Chuck Osborne who died after repeated head trauma in 2012, claims Erika “knew about the scheme” by which Tom allegedly withheld money due to clients and co-counsel.
In addition, it alleges that she was aware that victims were “funding her notoriously lavish lifestyle” shown on RHOBH.
Both Tom and Miller jointly represented Bajgrowicz when she sued the NFL over her son’s death, agreeing to share the fees. After reaching a settlement with the league, Tom was then responsible for distributing funds to Bajgrowicz and Miller. However, they allege he “lulled Plaintiffs into believing that the funds could not be distributed to anyone until various issues were first resolved.”
“Unknown to Plaintiffs, Girardi had already taken their money and breached his and the firm’s fiduciary duty to distribute the funds to Plaintiffs,” they add.
In addition, the complaint argues that Erika was “intimately involved in Girardi & Keese’s business dealings.”
“Defendants knew that Plaintiffs were fraud victims but did nothing to protect them and instead prioritized their own financial gain at Plaintiffs’ expense,” the suit adds. “Defendants should be required to compensate Plaintiffs for the harm they have caused and should be punished for aiding and abetting Girardi’s breach of fiduciary duty and their financial elder abuse of Plaintiffs.”
Erika filed for divorce from Tom in November 2020 after 21 years of marriage. Just a month later, the couple was sued for allegedly using the split to embezzle money and have since faced a string of other legal controversies, after he was accused of defrauding other clients.
Erika’s attorney has repeatedly denied her involvement in the embezzlement, while Tom has been placed under temporary conservatorship due to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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