Reality TV star Erika Jayne is demanding damages for her diamond earrings, which were wrongfully seized during her husband Tom Girardi’s bankruptcy. Despite the jewelry already being sold, Jayne’s appeal argues that she is owed damages for the earrings being improperly taken from her. She believes the trustee should pay her damages from the estate’s $18 million in cash if she wins the appeal.
Erika Jayne is demanding damages for her diamond earrings that were wrongfully seized as part of her husband Tom Girardi’s bankruptcy, stating that the jewelry should have never been taken by the trustee presiding over Girardi’s law firm bankruptcy.
Reality TV star Erika Jayne from “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is seeking damages after her diamond earrings were wrongly seized as part of her husband Tom Girardi’s bankruptcy. Although the jewelry has already been sold to a third party, Jayne believes she is owed damages for the earrings being improperly taken from her. The earrings were sold for $250k.
Girardi’s law firm was pushed into Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2020 after he was accused of running his company like a Ponzi scheme. Girardi was charged with five counts of wire fraud, and prosecutors believe he embezzled millions from ex-clients, including orphans, widows, and a fire burn victim. He is facing 20 years in prison.
Jayne’s appeal has continued in court, and in newly filed documents, the RHOBH star said that she is not fighting for the return of the jewelry. Instead, she is seeking damages for the earrings being improperly taken from her, and she pointed out that the trustee has $18 million in cash in the estate. Jayne said if she wins on appeal, the trustee should pay her damages from that pot.
Ms. Girardi’s lawyer wrote: “Ms. Girardi has elected and is entitled to money damages based on the proceeds of the sale of a marital gift received by her in 2007 that was taken from her and sold by the Trustee based on the legally erroneous Turnover Order.” Although it is uncertain how the appeal will unfold, Jayne is determined to fight her case in court.