The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne has been making headlines for quite some time over controversial lawsuits related to her estranged husband Tom Girardi. This week, the “Pretty Mess” singer scored a huge win in a $5 million fraud lawsuit from two of Girardi’s former colleagues, Philip R. Sheldon and Robert P. Finn.
Sheldon and Finn filed the lawsuit in late 2020, suing Erika for “aiding and abetting” 82-year-old ex-Girardi. The pair claimed that the RHOBH star knew that Girardi was using their cut of settlement money to pay for their extravagant way of life.
Judge Richard Fruin found no evidence of “any wrongdoing” from Erika, as confirmed to Page Six by Erika’s attorney Evan C. Borges. Judge Fruin ultimately ruled that Sheldon and Finn were unable to prove that Erika Jayne had “actual knowledge” of Girardi’s alleged crimes, saying that they only had “inferences” and “circumstantial evidence.”
According to documents obtained by PEOPLE, “no evidence exists to support an ‘aiding and abetting’ claim against Ms. Girardi, which reinforces the propriety of summary judgment.”
The current ruling is only tentative, as a final status conference for the housewife’s case is set for this Friday.
“Listen, they did all the books at Girardi & Keese,” Erika said in her disposition, according to Page Six. “They were in charge of all of the ledgers … I didn’t do the invoices.”
“I just thought it would be taken care of,” Erika continued. “I didn’t really ask. Like, it’s not like I was raking in millions of bucks … I didn’t know what they were doing down there.”
While this is a big win for Erika Jayne, it’s only one of many lawsuits filed against Girardi and the RHOBH star.
Her lawyer Evan C. Borges appears to have a positive outlook, as he told PEOPLE it could be one of many “exonerations.”
“We expect that other ‘aiding and abetting’ lawsuits against Erika, which accuse her of participating in some sort of ‘fraud,’ will fail for the same reason – they are contrary to the truth and based on no real evidence,” Borges added.
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