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Erika Jayne Reportedly Feels Bravo ‘Wants To Embarrass Her’ And ‘Use Her Scandal’ For ‘RHOBH’ Ratings Amid Ongoing Tom Girardi Divorce And Legal Drama!

According to a new report, Erika Jayne feels Bravo “wants to embarrass her” and “use her scandal for show ratings” amid her ongoing divorce from Tom Girardi and legal troubles.

“Erika’s relationship with Bravo isn’t in the best of places now for a few reasons, mostly because she feels that she has been hung out to dry,” a source told The Sun.

“She promised them that she would be more open before the season started because of criticism she’d faced about not sharing enough.”

“Unfortunately, that promise came back to bite when she announced her divorce because producers wanted her to address everything directly,” the insider shared. “When the other cast mates refused to probe any deeper on camera Garcelle was encouraged to ask the difficult questions.”

The source claims that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star feels “hurt” by the production team because she senses that they don't believe her stories and that the editing of last week’s episode “made her look bad.”

The source reports that Erika has had fleeting thoughts of leaving the show, but knows she needs it as a source of income now she’s had to downgrade her lifestyle.

She also hopes to promote future business ventures on the series, including her upcoming lingerie line which is currently on hold.

“Bravo isn’t going to fire her because the legal case could easily span over two seasons and guarantee blockbuster ratings,” the source told The Sun. “She really feels like she’s in an impossible situation, but has been advised by her camp not to call out the producers publicly because she has to work with them for the foreseeable.”

The news comes after it was revealed earlier this month that the Pretty Mess singer may have to repay settlement funds intended for her estranged husband’s former clients amid allegations that Tom’s firm gave Erika’s companies $20 million over the years. The Ruigomez family, who were featured in Hulu’s The Housewife and the Hustler, can pursue a collections lawsuit against Erika to obtain the $11 million they are owed from Tom.

“The Ruigomez Family, the Girardi Trustee, and the GK Trustee shall cooperate with each other with their collection efforts against Erika,” the court documents obtained by Us Weekly read.

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.

In September 2020, Tom told the court that he lost millions of dollars and has “no money” left. 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.

However, in July 2021, a judge ruled that some former clients of Tom can pursue a collections lawsuit against Erika. According to court records obtained by PEOPLE, Tom's former clients, Joseph Ruigomez, Jaime Ruigomez, and Kathleen Ruigomez, will be able to collect the $11 million they are owed by him per a 2020 litigation. 

According to court docs, Erika revealed that she “has nothing to hide” and has already expressed a “full willingness to cooperate and produce” documents to the court. In newly filed documents via Radar Online, the Bravo reality star said she will turn over all bank and financial records. However, she wants the lawyers to agree to not leak the documents.


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