Erika Girardi spotted boarding private jet amid bankruptcy disputes and other legal drama



Erika Girardi was seen aboard a private plane on Friday as her financial and legal woes continue to manifest in the public eye.

the Real housewives from Beverly Hills star, 49, dressed in black sneakers, white jeans and a pink bomber jacket as she walked towards the jet.

The getaway comes days after her landlord, divorce lawyer and accountant were ordered to turn her financial records over to court over the ongoing bankruptcy case of her ex-husband Tom Girardi. Erika, also known as Erika Jayne, has also been accused of using her ‘glam’ lifestyle to hide her possessions.

Tom, 82, and his law firm, Girardi & Keese, were accused of embezzling funds from several families who lost loved ones in a Boeing plane crash in 2018, and he was subsequently prosecuted by her business partners, resulting in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in December – a month after Erika filed for divorce.

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Last week, the plaintiff creditors in the bankruptcy case filed three separate petitions accusing Erika of refusing to deliver bank statements and other documents to the bankruptcy trustee, according to copies of the petitions obtained by PEOPLE.

The trustee’s special legal adviser, attorney Ronald Richards, previously reported that Girardi & Keese transferred $ 20 million to Erika’s various businesses, including one that the Real housewives star created after the announcement of the embezzlement scandal.

On Monday, the court ruled in favor of the creditors, ordering Erika’s accountant Michael Ullman, divorce attorney Larry Ginsburg and landlord Benjamin Khakshour to turn over various “key documents” including his pay stubs, statements banking and all emails and SMS. regarding his finances.

Erika’s lawyers did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment at the time.

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The original petition alleged that Erika had “refused to give access” to Ullman, its management company, as well as to the books and records of its various companies.

He went on to say that Erika used her businesses, including the brand new Pretty Mess Inc, to hide her assets and blocked access to Ullman while continuing to publicly show off her wealth.

“At every turn, Erika has used the glam to continue to help and encourage these fictitious transactions that have occurred in relation to the large transfers of assets from [Girardi & Keese] to Erika, ”he said. “In addition, the administrator did not receive any cooperation from Erika, which is constant [sic] with someone who is hiding property. “

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Two days later, Erika’s legal team responded to the petition in its own court file, saying that it “has been and remains ready to cooperate fully with the trustee’s investigation into this bankruptcy of debtor Girardi & Keese. “.

In addition to responding to claims she had not cooperated, the reality TV star asked the court to reconsider its decision to appoint Richards as special counsel for the trustee in the bankruptcy case, the accusing her of making “false and inflammatory” statements about her on social media.

He claimed that Richards had engaged in “vicious, conclusive and speculative public defamation – all without proof, which even if it existed, should and should be presented and tried by this Court.”

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In a statement shared with PEOPLE, Richards called the motion a “Hollywood attempt to create a smokescreen to slow down our work” and said his social media posts were protected by free speech.

“If there had been the court’s restrictions on freedom of expression, they would have been respected, as all court orders are made by our office,” its statement said, adding that the court had previously rejected an request for a gag order from Erika’s team and had said during a recent hearing that he “has the right to express his views.”

“We represent the Trustee on a limited basis with respect to Erika Jayne,” Richards continued. “We just have to zealously pursue our client’s litigation goals of finding the money and getting it back. Attacking the choice of the trustee’s lawyer who does an efficient and hard-working job is an ill-conceived strategy. The real problem is the big debts to Erika Jayne and the money she refuses to release or return, period. “


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