Kimberly Archie, a former employee of Thomas Girardi, weighs in on the $25 million lawsuits against Erika Jayne before sharing new details about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s claim regarding Thomas’ car accident.
As fans may know, Kimberly not only worked for Thomas, but she’s also close to Joe Ruigomez, who is the burn victim Thomas represented and allegedly stole $11 million from. And in a new interview, Kimberly discussed the lawsuit filed against Erika by the trustee overseeing Thomas’ bankruptcy case before hinting that the suit might do more harm than good for the alleged victims.
“I’m just not sure how that’s going to play out,” she said on Heather McDonald‘s Juicy Scoop podcast. “For one, how do you get blood out of a turnip? First of all, does Erika have any money to pay this money back? And the only thing I felt like it created evidence for was perhaps they were claiming loans that weren’t loans on their taxes.”
“So for me, it gives a red flag to the IRS, and now the IRS is gonna come in?” she continued. “And the IRS is before victims and anybody else. So we’re just adding another bill that’s gonna come before the victims.”
She explained how the victims would likely never see a dime of the $25 million even if the trustee successfully collects the massive amount.
“So, let’s play fun devil’s advocate, and they collect $25 million from Erika,” she began. “That’s the part I don’t see happening, but let’s say they do. Well 40 to 45 percent of that, depending on when they collect it, goes to Ronald Richards. Five percent, plus her hourly fees, goes to the [trustee[, then the IRS, and then the legal lenders have $28 million in loans. How will that help the victims?”
Kimberly also said many of the headlines involving Erika are almost painful for the victims because they know things likely won’t work out in their favor.
“I just think the headlines are really disingenuous to some degree. And it does sort of feel crappy for the victims,” she declared. “Some of us have been talking amongst each other, and to see ‘$25 million,’ and ‘we’ll get it from Erika.’ It’s like, yeah, but how does that play out in real life.”
Kimberly also weighed in on Erika’s claim that Thomas suffered a head injury during a car accident a few years back. As fans may recall, the Pretty Mess author’s co-stars even had questions about the alleged car accident, and investigative journalists recently discovered that a police report was never filed. However, Kimberly actually backed Erika up by recalling a huge event that Thomas missed around the same time.
“Tom missed a big event in Vegas that year because he had bruises on his face and couldn’t go,” she revealed. “He would have never missed that gig in Vegas in a million years if he could have went.”
She added, “After Tom got in that car wreck, he didn’t seem to quite connect the dots all the way.”
Though she believes the accident definitely affected him, she asserts that it had “zero to do with [his] 40-year history of stealing from clients.”