Coming home from a relaxing vacation is never fun, and it appears that this was especially true for one The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star last weekend. As Page Six reports, Erika Jayne was served papers for a $50 million racketeering lawsuit as she was in the Los Angeles International Airport baggage claim area, after returning from a vacation in Hawaii on Friday night.
Footage of Jayne being served (which Newsweek reports was posted by @bestofbravo on Instagram) shows the RHOBH cast member being approached by a woman who handed her two stacks of documents. In the video, the woman appears to say, “I just wanted to give you these documents. This is a summons and complaint to serve you.”
As outlined by Page Six, the lawsuit (which was filed by Edelson PC) accuses Jayne of nine charges in relation to the ongoing legal issues related to her estranged ex-husband, Tom Girardi — including racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, unlawful business practice and deceit.
“Tom and Erika routinely misappropriated client settlement money to project an image of wealth and to prop up a lifestyle made for reality TV,” the lawsuit claims, according to Page Six, which also reports that the lawsuit further alleges that Erika Jayne’s EJ Global company “was created for the purpose of funneling money from Girardi Keese to benefit Erika.”
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Page Six further reports on Edelson PC’s claims in court docs — including that “Jayne was aware of Girardi’s ‘scheme,’” of allegedly embezzling settlement funds that were intended to help the victims of Lion Air Flight 610.
The docs also say Jayne “flaunt[ed” her luxe lifestyle and acted “as the ‘frontwoman’ of the operation, selling to the world (including unsuspecting clients) that Girardi Keese was successful.”
If Erika Jayne being faced with a lawsuit sounds familiar, there’s a reason why. Earlier this year, Page Six reported on a “separate but related case filed by Edelson in regards to the racketeering allegations back in April,” though Jayne was dismissed from the prior lawsuit.
As Jay Edelson explained to the outlet, however, this case is “prosecuting the claims of the clients (the widows and orphans)” whereas the April suit was “more limited, in terms of who we sued, what we were suing about, and the legal theories we are pursuing.”
Prior to being served on Friday, Jayne was seen enjoying a vacation in Hawaii with fellow RHOBH castmates Lisa Rinna and Diana Jenkins.
At this time, according to Page Six and Newsweek, Jayne has not responded to requests for comment. To date, Jayne has maintained her innocence in these legal matters.
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