We were all shocked to learn Erika Gerardi and her husband of over 20 years, Tom Girardi, were divorcing. Now even more shocking news emerges that the divorce is actually a pretense to protect Tom’s assets in the wake of massive debt — and that he may even be attempting to embezzle money from plane crash victims (via Page Six). We know — our jaws are on the floor, too.
These wild accusations are part of a lawsuit brought by Edelson PC, which is a class-action firm that represents a number of Lion Air Flight 610 crash victims’ family members (via Today). The suit, filed Wednesday, alleges Tom and his law firm, Girardi Keese, embezzled millions of dollars while settling claims for clients. According to the bombshell suit, Girardi Keese is “on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds.”
And thus, the suit says to protect his assets, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills couple is engaged in a sham divorce.
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The lawsuit elaborates on this incredulous claim, alleging, “While Erika publicly filed for divorce this month, on information and belief, that ‘divorce’ is simply a sham attempt to fraudulently protect Tom’s and Erika’s money from those that seek to collect on debts owed by Tom and his law firm GK” (via Today).
The divorce is also an attempt to make sure Tom “continues to use that money to fund his and Erika’s lavish lifestyle, release personal guarantees, pay down loans, route the money to friends and family and satisfy other outstanding debts.”
While we don’t know the veracity of these claims, which are part of a federal suit according to Fox News, clearly they are extremely shocking. We also don’t know if the eyebrow-raising drama will be part of any storylines on RHOBH episodes. While Erika herself hasn’t publicly commented on the lawsuit, she did post to Instagram with what could be construed as a hidden message. “High drama,” the blonde beauty captioned a shot of herself. That is for sure.
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