RHOBH’s Erika Jayne is ‘not happy’ with show’s editing as scenes flaunting her wealth lead to a fan backlash after fraud claims, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
The reality star and singer is at the center of a scandal after her estranged husband Tom Girardi and his law firm, Girardi Keese, were accused of embezzling funds.
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He is alleged to have “stolen millions” from multiple families who lost loved ones in a 2018 Boeing plane crash, with a large chunk of the cash being spent funding Erika’s career.
Erika vehemently denies any involvement and says she had no idea of her husband’s finances, but a source has told The Sun she is concerned about the case and her future.
“Erika is not happy with the editing on Real Housewives as she thinks it is exacerbating the public’s criticism of her spending,” the insider said.
“She’s flaunted her wealth on the show for years, along with Tom, and now it’s coming back to bite her amid the embezzlement scandal.
“She’s a tough cookie but she’s still struggling emotionally at the moment and hasn’t been leaving her house much.
“Despite her defensive posts on social media, she is worried about the case, how her appearance on the show will affect her, and her future.
“She loves Real Housewives and it’s pretty much all she has left right now as her career hangs in the balance, but she’s facing a huge backlash.
“Erika is concerned that anything she says or does on camera will be used against her in the lawsuits.
“Her lawyers are fighting hard to keep details of her finances under wraps, but those who believe her career was funded on the back of trauma want to see it all.”
The Sun has reached out to Erika’s rep for comment, but did not receive a reply.
Fans have criticized her spending online, with many taking to Twitter to voice their disgust amid the scandal – after Hulu also released their damning documentary, The Housewife & The Hustler.
The documentary reveals the inner workings of the multimillionaire’s legal career and his wife’s over-the-top spending habits.
A number of RHOBH fans accused Erika about knowing what her ex was up to before he allegedly embezzled from victims that he pledged to protect as he represented them against corporate giants in court.
One person wrote: “I am disgusted #erikajayne Knows that girl aint dumb you know she picked up some tricks from Tom. Shes a filthy thief but shes not dumb She needs to pay.”
Another added: “Watching the horrific story of how Erika Jayne and husband stole from these poor burn victims. Truely disgusting and Erika had to know I am so appalled I can’t believe @BravoTV and #RHOBH employee these animals! Shame on you too karma is a b***h.”
Her ex Tom is being sued by his business partners, which has resulted in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition.
According to PEOPLE, the petitioning creditors in the case filed a motion that accuses Erika of refusing to turn over bank statements and other documents to the trustee investigating the lawyer’s assets.
The trustee’s special litigation counsel previously confirmed that Tom’s law firm transferred a whopping $20million to Erika’s many businesses.
The Bravo star even created one of the businesses after news broke of the embezzlement scandal.
According to PEOPLE, the motion requested that Erika’s accountant, Michael Ullman, hand over a series of “key financial documents” for the investigation.
The document read: “Erika has refused to provide access to her management company, her CPA which also houses her management company, any books and records of EJ Global or any of her affiliated companies.”
It continued: “As each day goes by, Erika has been publicly dissipating community assets by selling her clothes on public websites, flaunting large jewels on social media and on television, and has done nothing to assist in return structured firm payments being made to her instead of the firm by the California lottery, notwithstanding she was contacted through counsel over twelve days ago.”
The motion then claimed that the RHOBH star used her companies to hide her assets, while she allegedly blocked access to her accountant.
The document read: “At every turn, Erika has used the glam to continue to aid and abet this sham transactions that have been occurring with respect to large transfers of assets from the [Girardi Keese] to Erika.
“Moreover, the Trustee has received zero cooperation from Erika which is constant [sic] with someone hiding assets.”
Back in November of 2020, the TV personality shocked the public when she filed for divorce from the lawyer after 21 years married.
Less than a month after the filing, Tom, his law firm, and Erika were sued for allegedly embezzling millions.
A source told Us Weekly: “Erika was completely unaware of the very serious allegations that were being made against Tom in court.
“Tom always handled all of the finances and that was how they handled things. Erika feels betrayed by Tom because she completely trusted him.”
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Erika, 49, was recently spotted pumping gas looking unkempt after being forced to fire her $40,000 a month glam squad.
The mother-of-one wore black leggings, a teal blue tee-shirt, no makeup, and large sunglasses to conceal her face in the photos exclusively obtained by The Sun.
She hit back at critics on Twitter and has since been seen out and about in Los Angeles with her hair done.