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Kelly Dodd Slams Erika Girardi Over Hulu Documentary; Says “I Cried So Hard For Those Victims” — Candiace Dillard Comes To Erika’s Defense; Says “Reserve Your Judgment Until The Facts Reveal Themselves”

Kelly Dodd is sharing her thoughts on “The Housewife and the Hustler,” the Hulu documentary that explores Erika Girardi and her estranged husband Tom Girardi’s legal drama amid their divorce.

“I just watched that last night and I cried so hard for those victims,” the former Real Housewives of Orange County star commented on Instagram Friday on Page Six’s post about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s new rental home. “Why Did her lawyers drop her? If I were her I would sell all my stuff and give it to those victims that were hustled for 40 years. Act in good faith …”

“Kelly met Erika at Bravocon in 2019 and says ‘she was really nice’ and sent her a pair of her shoes from her shoe line,” a source explained to Page Six. Dodd has not heard from her since she made her comments on Instagram.

Meanwhile, Candiace Dillard Bassett is coming to Erika’s defense. The Real Housewives of Potomac star urged people to “reserve their judgements” on Erika Jayne in the wake of Hulu’s damning documentary, “The Housewife and the Hustler,” which premiered last week.

“Y’all aren’t loyal,” Candiace tweeted on Sunday. “You don’t know what that lady knew. Just sending her to jail based on one thrown together documentary that was clearly meant to low key villainize her. Reserve your judgment until the facts reveal themselves. Judge not lest ye be judged.”

She also responded to a fan who quipped, “Some of you watched the Tom and Erika documentary and suddenly think you’re Phaedra Parks, Esq. Hush up, cause your ‘hot takes’ sound dumb as hell #RHOBH,” writing, “Or read a book. Or owned a business” alongside the woozy-face emoji.

Since the ABC-produced documentary was released, Jayne has found herself at the center of debates regarding what she knew about her estranged husband allegedly stealing money from clients.

In the wake of the doc’s release, Jayne’s lawyers filed paperwork to drop her as a client, but quickly reversed the withdrawal two days later.

Erika and Tom made headlines in November 2020 when the Bravo reality star filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage. The following month, the estranged couple was sued for fraud and embezzlement. 

In addition to accusing them of swindling $2 million in settlement funds intended for families of victims of a 2018 plane crash, class action firm Edelson PC claimed in federal court documents that the divorce was “simply a sham attempt to fraudulently protect Tom’s and Erika’s money from those that seek to collect on debts owed by Tom and his law firm.”

Tom faced a second lawsuit later that month, alleging that his company breached a written agreement and conversation with Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services. The bank sought immediate payment on the $882,715 outstanding bill.

The 82-yar-old was placed under a temporary conservatorship in February when his brother assumed control of his daily activities and personal care. One of Tom’s attorneys claimed in court in December 2020 that he was hospitalized for a “serious illness,” raising questions about his mental competency. Court documents revealed in March that Tom was diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer’s and dementia.


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