Former RHONJ star Danielle Staub has slammed Erika Jayne in a new Hulu documentary exploring the disgraced former attorney Tom Girardi and his alleged financial wrongdoings, The Housewife and the Hustler.
Appearing in the documentary to reflect on her experiences with Jayne, who once worked at the same strip club as her, Staub remarked she did not get the ‘best vibes’ from Jayne, 49, during their interactions with one another.
‘Erika Jayne, I have seen on the show, and I also worked with her on Watch What Happens Live one or two times. Didn’t get the best vibe from her — I know a lot of fake people, and it turns out, she’s just one of them,’ the reality star, 58, said.
‘Didn’t get the best vibe from her’: Former RHONJ star Danielle Staub has slammed Erika Jayne in a new documentary exploring Tom Girardi and the millions he is accused of stealing from clients, The Housewife and the Hustler
Speaking of Jayne’s foray into the music industry, Staub said: ‘I liked that even though she can’t hold a tune, she sang. She entertained. She’s entertaining.’
As for Jayne’s lavish lifestyle on the Bravo series, Staub said most Housewives have a propensity towards ‘flaunting’ beyond their means.
‘The ladies, they have a tendency to flaunt and still do, well beyond their means,’ she said.
Exactly how much – if anything at all – Jayne may have known about her husband’s alleged financial discrepancies is also explored in the documentary. Girardi has been accused of stealing and embezzling millions from clients.
Controversial: Exactly how much – if anything at all – Jayne may have known about her husband’s alleged financial discrepancies is also explored in the documentary
The documentary claims that one of Girardi’s LLCs had Jayne listed as a secretary. Money was also sent to her company EJ Global.
Sunny Hostin alleged many of Jayne’s lavish items were claimed by her as ‘gifts to her.’ This meant the items became ‘separate property’ from Girardi amid their legal separation.
Jayne, who has not been charged with any crimes, was however accused alongside her husband of embezzling money earmarked for families of the victims of the fatal 2018 Lion Air plane crash in a lawsuit.
The over-the-top lifestyles displayed by Girardi and Jayne on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills also came under scrutiny, with some noting it was inappropriate for a lawyer representing victimized clients to be showing off such wealth.
Accusations: Jayne, who has not been charged with any crimes, was however accused alongside her husband of embezzling money earmarked for families of the victims of the fatal 2018 Lion Air plane crash
Kim Archie, a former legal consultant for Tom who later became his client, blasted the absence of ‘decorum’ exhibited by the lawyer on the show.
‘There’s plenty of lawyers that have private jets and beautiful homes, but there’s one way to do it and one way that’s basically like a middle finger to people,’ Kim said.
Lawyer Brian Kabateck took issue with the couple’s two private planes.
‘That’s, I think, crossing the line in what we do. We represent people that are victimized by big corporations and rich people and here you’re putting it out that you’re super wealthy and that you’re basically the man.
Lavish: Legal professionals appearing in the documentary blasted Tom and Erika’s show of wealth on the show
‘We sue the man, you don’t want to be the man and he’s showing people that he’s the man.’
The case of Joe Ruigomez, who hired Girardi’s firm after surviving a gas explosion in 2010, was also explored on the program.
In 2010, a gas line blew up under Joe’s home in San Bruno, California, resulting in burn injuries for the then 19-year-old. Though he survived, the incident will require him to undergo surgeries for the rest of his life.
Tragically, his girlfriend died in the incident.
Girardi represented the Ruigomezs against Pacific Gas & Electric and won them a large, unrevealed amount.
‘Snake’: The Ruigomez family recalled their alleged experiences working with the disgraced lawyer
‘We just didn’t know how much of a snake he was going to be along the way,’ Joe’s sister said on the program.
Girardi allegedly informed the Ruigomezs that the court mandated him to distribute the money to them in monthly payment plans.
However, a mediator for the lawsuit denied Girardi’s monthly payment plan claims as ‘false.’ He also said he was ‘unaware of Mr. Girardi’s actions.’
The Ruigomezs subsequently sued him for the remainder of the settlement.
‘Your lawyer basically robbed you’: Joe Ruigomez has accused the lawyer of stealing from him after hiring the attorney following his gas explosion
Girardi agreed to pay them the remaining $12 million in increments, but after the first installment stopped paying them.
‘It’s very disappointing knowing your lawyer basically robbed you, knowing he knows everything you’ve been through. I just don’t get it,’ Joe recalled.
Now that the payments have stopped, the settlement has turned into a judgement.
In a September 2020 deposition related to the lawsuit, Tom admitted he had lost all his money.
‘At one point, I had $80 million, or $50 million in cash. That’s all gone,’ he said.
‘I also had a stock portfolio of about $50 million,’ he said. ‘And that’s all gone.’
Girardi, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, is now in a court-ordered conservatorship and under the legal guardianship of his brother. Girardi’s license to practice law in California was revoked in March when he also was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease the same month.
The Lion Air lawsuit is also explored in the documentary. In December, both Jayne and Girardi faced a $2 million class action lawsuit claiming fraud and embezzlement from the firm Edelson PC in connection with the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, in which all 189 people onboard died. They were sued for allegedly embezzling funds meant for families of victims.
Edelson PC reps said in court docs the divorce was orchestrated to ‘fraudulently protect Tom and Erika’s money’ as they’re ‘on the verge of financial collapse.’
Hasnawati binti Nawazar was tragically killed in the crash, and her son Bias Ramadhan has still not received his payment.
‘This is a tragedy, right?’ Bias said. ”And then the lawsuit is also emotionally draining and there’s almost no night that anybody like this is not crying.’
In December, both Jayne and Girardi faced a $2 million class action lawsuit claiming fraud and embezzlement from the firm Edelson PC in connection with the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, in which all 189 people onboard died