New particulars of Tom Girardi’s authorized woes are rising amid his divorce from Erika Jayne. Based on courtroom paperwork obtained by Us Weekly, the lawyer was secretly hospitalized for a “critical sickness” in latest months.
Keith Griffin, an legal professional at Girardi’s agency, claimed in courtroom on Monday, December 14, that the estranged husband of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was “unavailable in latest weeks because of a critical sickness that brought about him to be hospitalized for which he sought therapy” amid his fraud case.
Girardi, 81, has been accused of embezzling “at the least $2 million in shopper funds that have been as a result of households of these killed within the crash of a Boeing jet in Indonesia” in 2018. Griffin informed the courtroom that he “couldn’t elaborate on why such an quantity was nonetheless owed to sure shoppers or what the standing of the remaining settlement proceeds was as a result of Girardi is the only real fairness proprietor of [his firm Girardi Kesse] with sole and unique management over the agency’s financial institution accounts, together with its shopper belief accounts.”
Per the docs, Girardi “couched every thing” associated to the case in July because of his sickness, which brought about him to be away from his agency for a number of weeks. He additionally cited his hospitalization as the reason for the “mistake” of not getting among the households paid in full.
Whereas particulars of his sickness are unknown, The Los Angeles Times reported that one among Girardi’s lately employed attorneys Evan Jenness informed the decide on Monday that he did not assist them in preparing for the hearing, which Girardi attended over the telephone.
“I’m not sure that he understands both the character or the gravity of the present scenario,” Jenness informed the decide, noting that they wished Girardi to undergo a psychological examination. In the course of the listening to, the decide froze Girardi’s property.
Whereas Bravo followers met Girardi when Jayne joined the sequence for season 6 in 2015, he’s also referred to as one of many high-power attorneys who impressed the Julia Roberts’ movie Erin Brockovich. RHOBH viewers have been stunned to study the “Fairly Mess” singer filed for divorce from her husband of more than 20 years last month.
“After a lot consideration, I’ve determined to finish my marriage to Tom Girardi,” she mentioned in a press release on November 3. “This isn’t a step taken evenly or simply. I’ve nice love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we constructed collectively. It’s my absolute want to proceed by this course of with respect and with the privateness that each Tom and I deserve. I request others give us that privateness as properly.”
The estranged couple have subsequently been accused of faking their cut up as a part of the fraud case. Based on the courtroom docs, motion agency Edelson PC alleged their divorce is a “sham try to fraudulently shield Tom and Erika’s cash,” alleging that the pair “are on the verge of monetary collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting money owed and dwindling funds.”
Jayne, who’s looking for spousal assist from Girardi, has but to publicly touch upon the case.
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