‘Real Housewives’ star accused in lawsuit of faking divorce

“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Girardi and her husband, attorney Tom Girardi, are accused of staging a fake divorce to hide money from families of plane crash victims.
2:38 | 12/03/20

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We are back with the real housewives star accused with her husband of staging a fake divorce to hide money from the victims of plane crash es. Thomas Girardi is accused of embezzlement taking money from a settlement fund to maintain their wealth with public image. This morning a reality show scandal. "Real housewives of Beverly hills" star Erika Girardi known as Erika Jayne and her husband Tom involved. Being broke sucks and being rich is a lot better. Reporter: The federal suit alleging the couple is fake their divorce to keep settlement money meant for the victims of the 2018 lion air plane crash represented by his firm. The lawsuit suing them claiming while Erika publicly tied for divorce that divorce is a sham attempt to fraudulently protect their money from those that seek to collect debts owed by Tom and his law firm. The law firm is saying tuck away this money in this divorce, he's got to presumably give it all to his wife or, you know, somehow have the money assigned to her and that way he won't have to pay it back to these plaintiffs or to this law firm. Repor the suit also claiming the couple's lavish lifestyle is fabricated alleging Tom and his firm Girardi keys are on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds while choosing to project an image of obscene wealth at all times. The 49-year-old reality star Erika has been entertaining viewers for years as her alter ego in music videos. keep on spending Reporter: On television an appearance she says costs tens of thousands to keep up. I think it costs $40,000 a month to do Erika Jayne so that's hair, makeup, costumes, wardrobe and the whole production. Reporter: Now the law firm behind the lawsuit which worked with Girardi representing the victims surviving relatives calling the allegations against the girardis some of the most troubling they've encountered in the past 25 years. Now we reached out to both Erika and Thomas. Neither is commenting but safe to say there is a lot more could Tom with this one. No question about that. Thank you, Amy.

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