Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne and her lawyer husband Tom Girardi allegedly embezzled millions of dollars meant for families who lost loved ones in the 2018 Lion Air plane crash and their divorce is a 'sham' to protect their money, a new lawsuit claims.
A class action lawsuit filed by Edelson PC on Wednesday in Illinois accuses Erika and Tom of embezzling money meant for his law firm clients because he's 'on the verge of financial collapse' and needed to finance their lavish lifestyle.
It further claims that last month's announcement that Erika, 49, filed for divorce from Tom, 81, after 21 years of marriage is an act to protect their money from debt collectors.
'At the heart of this deception is Defendant Girardi and his need to fund outrageous lifestyles for himself and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Erika Jayne,' the complaint, obtained by DailyMail.com, says.
The complaint says Tom allegedly embezzled proceeds of the settlements meant for the Illinois-based family members of victims who died in the tragic Lion Air Flight 610 airplane crash for his own personal enjoyment.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The flight went down into the Java Sea shortly after taking off on October 29, 2018, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board. The crash was due to a design flaw in the automated flight control system on the Boeing 737 Max Series that led to the grounding of the model.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, 49, and her lawyer husband Tom Girardi, 81, allegedly embezzled millions of dollars meant for the families of the 2018 Lion Air plane crash to fuel their lavish lifestyles and their divorce is a 'sham' to protect their money, a new lawsuit claims
The complaint says Tom allegedly embezzled proceeds of the settlements meant for the Illinois-based family members of victims who died in the tragic Lion Air Flight 610 airplane crash that went down into the Java Sea in Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board on October 29, 2018. A view of the debris from flight above one day after the crash
The settlement was meant to help family members who were left widowed or orphaned after the crash.
'Tom and Erika have reached celebrity status in the glitz-and-glam world of Hollywood and Beverly Hills...To keep up their celebrity status, Tom and Erika must project a public image of obscene wealth at all times, and at whatever the cost,' the complaint said.
The lawsuit says that Tom and his lawfirm Girardi Keese 'are on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds', and allegedly owe tens of millions of dollars to clients, co-counsel, and others.
The suit claims that due to the financial turmoil Tom allegedly resorted to embezzling money intended for his clients.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The suit goes further to claim that Erika's filing for divorce is a sham to protect the money they have left.
'While Erika publicly filed for divorce this month, on information and belief, that "divorce" is simply a sham attempt to fraudulently