Erika Jayne’s Attorneys Withdraw From Representing Her After Documentary Airs
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Girardi, better known as Erik Jayne, and her estranged husband Tom Girardi‘s legal troubles have been revealed in a new Hulu documentary, The Housewife and the Hustler.
Girardi’s attorneys decided to withdraw from representing her after the new documentary was released. The law firm Dinsmore & Shogl representing her in Tom’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, filed paperwork on Tuesday to withdraw as her counsel.
Erika was informed of their withdrawal on Monday, the same day the documentary aired on the streaming service.
“The relationship of trust and confidence that is essential to a properly functioning attorney-client relationship has broken down and, in the good-faith assessment of counsel, the relationship is irreparable,” wrote the lawyer in the documents.
The firm also claimed to have advised Erika to seek new representation and warned her of “the potential consequences of not timely securing replacement counsel.” Erika has not yet identified new counsel to the firm.
Erika filed for divorce from Tom in November. One month after filing for divorce, the two were sued for allegedly using their divorce to embezzle money.
In December, Tom and his law firm, Girardi & Keese, were held in civil contempt; their assets were frozen by a judge. In the same month, Tom also faced a lawsuit by his partner, Robert Keese and other fellow business partners, Robert Finnerty and Jill O’Callahan to end their venture together.
Tom has since been diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. His younger brother, Robert, was named as conservator over his person and estate.
The new documentary features several legal experts and people accusing Tom of embezzlement and questionable legal practices in his business deals.
Erika has not been legally charged with any crimes.