Just weeks after the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills singer was hit with a new $55 million lawsuit, the Bravo star is now being sued by Nicolas Cage’s ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton for over $700,000.
In the lawsuit, filed on July 15, the 55-yr-old actress alleges Tom, who Erika filed for divorce from back in 2020, and two of his former colleagues, Samantha Gold and John Kelley Courtney, misappropriated her settlement funds stemming from a 2016 car accident during which the mom-of-one sustained “severe injuries.”
Following the accident, Christina hired the Girardi & Keese law firm. Ultimately, the case yielded a confidential settlement agreement filed on March 18, 2019, in the amount of $924,300.
The lawsuit states that on July 14, 2022, Christina was able to learn where her settlement money went thanks to “newly discovered financial documents.” The docs allegedly show that Christina’s settlement check was deposited into a bank account for Girardi & Keese… without her consent.
“This was a complete outright forgery as [Fulton] never endorsed this check and certainly never agreed to have it deposited,” the suit alleges. “This negotiated check was in fact a forgery and a lie. The check was never held in trust but spent. It is beyond shocking and the pale that the firm would conceal the arrival of the check and not obtain Ms. Fulton’s endorsement as required by law.”
Christina states that she has to date only received a total of $190,000 of her settlement funds between April 2019 and September 2020, as her attorneys allege it was Tom’s pattern “to dupe his clients into waiting for money by dribbling small payments.”
In addition to a $5,000 advance she received, Christina is now suing for the remaining $744,300 balance.
As for why Erika is named in the lawsuit, Christina’s attorneys state it is because the settlement money was allegedly “diverted to Erika” via the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star’s now suspended company, EJ Global LLC, and then later transferred to Pretty Mess Inc.
Similar to claims made in other lawsuits filed against Erika, Christina believes Tom and Erika used the funds “as their own assets” to “pay for their lavish lifestyle.”
“Erika used the money to pay off her expenses,” alleges the lawsuit. “For at least 12 years, all of her expenses were paid by Girardi Keese as she was generating them. No one withdrew money from the firm other than Erika Girardi.”
Attorney Ronald Richards, who recently revealed his plans to buy Erika and Tom’s mansion for $6.9 million, confirms he is one of the attorneys representing Christina. Ronald spoke to the outlet, stating that his client, who shares 31-year-old son Weston Coppola with actor Nicholas Cage, like “many people in Hollywood trusted Tom and Erika in their legal matters.”
Ronald adds: “Erika profited off of these funds, which [were] used to provide content for the ‘Housewives’ show to which she was paid for. She directly received vendor payments from these funds and personally benefited from the misappropriation of our client’s settlement.”
Erika’s attorney Evan C. Borges is however defending her, insisting that the RHOBH star is a “non-lawyer” who had “no role” in the actions of the now disbarred Tom or those involved in his law firm. He adds that Erika was under the impression that “she was married to an extremely wealthy attorney with a financially successful law firm.”
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