During a court hearing on Tuesday, a federal judge ruled to allow the attorney to stay in the home for the time being as he also wondered if Thomas’ wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, was aware of the bankruptcy proceedings against him.
According to Reuters Legal, via a February 24 report from Pasadena Now, Thomas’ brother, Robert Girardi, who was named as his temporary conservator weeks ago, struck a deal with bankruptcy trustee Jason Rund that was described by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barry Russell as “fairly straightforward.”
Although Thomas doesn’t have to leave his home right away, the deal requires him to vacate the mansion within 20 days once it is in escrow and also requires both him and Robert to keep the home “neat and tidy” with its utilities paid as the trustee overseeing the estate moves to sell it.
As the report explained, the large home is far too expensive for the plaintiff’s attorney to maintain.
“There’s no way the debtor can service the mortgage on this property,” Leonard Pena, an attorney representing Robert, said during Tuesday’s hearing. “He plans on moving, but obviously we didn’t want it to happen overnight.”
Also during the hearing on Tuesday, the judge questioned whether Erika was aware of the bankruptcy proceedings and wondered what would happen to the mansion’s contents once it was sold.
At the end of last year, Thomas and his law firm, Girardi Keese, were placed into involuntary bankruptcy after being accused of embezzling $2 million of settlement money from relatives of victims of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash and a short time later, his assets were frozen.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is expected to begin airing its 11th season sometime this spring.