The Ice Queen Cometh! Erika Jayne has been busy showcasing her talents of singing, dancing and acting on Broadway, where she is starring as Roxie Hart in Chicago. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has been raking in the rave reviews for her performance and posing for pictures outside, where adoring fans are waiting after the show.
Erika isn’t just busy on Broadway, she’s also filming the latest season of RHOBH, along with fellow castmates Kyle Richards, Dorit Kemsley, Lisa Rinna, Denise Richards, Teddi Mellencamp, and newcomers Garcelle Beauvais and Sutton Stracke. Maybe to make up for the absence of the iconic Lisa Vanderpump, Erika Jayne and friends have been all of the media, hyping up this coming season and talking about how dramatic it’s going to be. Not sure if anyone actually believes that hype but that’s the story they are sticking to. But one big bone of contention that remains with fans is the lack of transparency on RHOBH. Mainly when it comes to all the lawsuits that the cast has been involved in.
True to form, Erika has been quietly fighting her own legal battle with husband Tom Girardi. Lucky for her, she can rest assured that her embarrassing $3 million lawsuit will be handled out of court, out of the prying eyes of the media AND the show’s cameras. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Erika, Tom and the lender suing him reached a deal to have the case heard in arbitration, which is private.
It all started last year when Erika and her husband were sued for a cool $3 million by lender Stillwell Madison. The lender claims that Tom and his law firm took out a $5 million dollar loan. They were supposed to pay it back with profits from their cases.
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According to court documents, Stillwell Madison claims that Tom promised to make timely payments. However, he accuses Tom of keeping the money “to sustain their lavish lifestyle and maintain their glamorous public image.”
Those same court documents obtained by The Blast continue, “Mr. Girardi has never followed through on any of his proposals.”
This is definitely not a good look for Erika. She is known for her extravagance (hello, bringing your whole glam squad to Dubai). But she isn’t the only one on RHOBH fighting a messy legal battle. Kyle and husband Mauricio Umansky were hit with a lawsuit over a $32 million dollar mansion. Not to be outdone, Dorit was sued by a former partner over her Beverly Beach swimwear line AND was involved in a lawsuit by a Las Vegas casino, alleging that husband PK Kemsley didn’t pay a loan. Both cases have since been settled but once again, those were all OFF camera.
Erika claims that this whole thing was merely a publicity stunt, accusing the lender of trying to tarnish their reputation in court. Either way, we won’t get to find out what really goes down with this lawsuit. This includes whether or not Erika and Tom can clear their “good” name.
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