After Erika suggested Ronald was more interested in the “fees” he’d collect than the victims who lost millions as a result of the alleged fraud she and estranged husband Thomas Girardi are accused of committing, Ronald offered to ensure a large payment to the victims if Erika agreed to turn over the money she reportedly helped embezzle.
“There are seven days left in our previous offer where we will add 10% to any voluntary return to the Estate. To refute the below claim unequivocally, we will waive any legal fees for all monies returned by next Friday at 4:00pm. There must be some portion of the $25,592,261.26”
“This sounds like extortion,” Erika replied.
Following Erika’s tweet, Ronald fired back at the RHOBH cast member’s claims of extortion by explaining the definition of California Penal Code 518 PC.
“Extortion is the obtaining of property or other consideration from another, with his or her consent, or the obtaining of an official act of a public officer, induced by a wrongful use of force or fear, or under color of official right,” he wrote, adding that Erika’s suggestion that he was extorting her by offering a deal was “not even close.”
Ronald then pointed out that in offering Erika a chance to pay the victims without a deduction of his fees, he was hoping to see some humanity from her.
“Windfall for victims/creditors: A voluntary payment without any deduction of our legal fees. We are hopeful an appeal to reason and humanity is more persuasive than a misguided and erroneous legal opinion. It is undisputed the $25m was spent for just one person: see [above],” he continued.
In addition to accusing Ronald of extortion, Erika complained about the treatment she’s received from him in a recently filed appeal she hopes will turn over a judge’s previous decision to allow him to stay on her case.
According to a report from Radar Online, Erika said Ronald has made disparaging statements against her and “caused prejudice” on social media and in interviews. She also points out that Ronald never disclosed the hours he spent filming never-used scenes for The Housewife and the Hustler and said he’s “abusing” his position as Special Litigation Counsel by “publicly threatening with investigation individuals who appeared supportive of Ms. Girardi and may be potential witnesses.”
As RHOBH fans likely saw, Ronald has targeted Lisa Rina in recent months, giving a nod to her home’s mortgage and suggesting Erika had potentially spent $156,000 at her daughters’ former clothing company. There were also claims of Erika possibly investing millions into Lisa’s beauty brand, which they both denied.
In response to her claims against him, Ronald told Radar Online in a statement, “Those are what we call issues on appeal. They are not the actual brief. However, this argument was not raised in the briefing below based upon our current understanding, we have been instructed not to work on the appeal as it filed it to protect her rights and there has not actually been a decision to pursue an appeal. It looks like a soundbite more than a legal argument.”
“An appellant is required to file certain documents after an appeal. This is one of them. It was expected except for the sound bite issues that were never raised in the trial court,” he continued. “The appeal is more meritless than the underlying motion.”
“Erika should stop wasting money on this side issue and focus on returning the money for her expenses that were improperly deducted and paid on her behalf and settle her pending litigation,” he added.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 11 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.
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