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How Erika Jayne’s company allegedly spent $35m from Tom Girardi’s firm

By news.com.au , in Entertainment , at August 20, 2021 Tags: ,


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Being Erika Jayne is ‘XXPEN$IVE’ after all.

The lawyers for the trustee overseeing the Girardi Keese bankruptcy found that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s company spent more than $35,000,000 on her American Express bill, assistants and a glam squad, according to a legal demand letter sent to her lawyer on Thursday.

The letter, which was exclusively obtained by Page Six, alleged that money was transferred from her estranged husband Tom Girardi’s law firm into Jayne’s company, EJ Global LLC, and notes that she is the sole owner of the company.

“Mrs. Girardi signed under penalty of perjury the return and personally approved the charges allocated to the breakdown,” the letter reads. A source indicated that the letter would be filed in the bankruptcy proceedings as part of an amended complaint.

Jayne’s lawyer shot back that “no money whatsoever went to Erika,” however, and that she never had a role in managing her husband’s company.

The trustee’s lawyers claimed that from 2008 to 2020 a total of $19,969,063.05 was charged to an American Express card.

Her company also spent $2,146,577.865 at the McDonald Selznick Associates Agency – which describes itself as “the first agency dedicated to represent dancers and choreographers exclusively” – and another $1,985,263.25 on unknown purchases.

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Jayne’s company also allegedly gave $143,681.85 to Stephanie Shepherd, formerly Kim Kardashian’s executive assistant, and $24,388 to Opus Beauty, an agency that represents “best and most influential and sought after artists in the business”.

Mario Dedivanoic, better known as Makeup by Mario, received $1400.

E5 Global Media, who publishes Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, received $11,875, while the Los Angeles Times Magazine was paid $14,564.

Jayne, 50, through her company, also appears to have paid various public relations groups high sums of money from the account among other charges.

Ronald Richards, a lawyer representing the trustee, told Page Six in a statement that Jayne owes Girardi Keese over $39.2 million for her purchases plus interest.

“It is immaterial whether she knew her husband had improperly diverted funds from clients,” Richards’ statement added. “What is relevant is that she received complete and total value for the receivable and a formal demand for payment was sent. We are hopeful she backs up her on-air statement last night that the victims come first.”



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