Ever since the earrings were sold at auction for $250,000 in late 2022, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 52, has been fighting to have the ruling overturned, which the trustee presiding over the bankruptcy case of her estranged husband, Thomas Girardi, 84, claims is causing “economic bleeding” of his estate.
As RHOBH fans well know, Thomas was accused of embezzling $18 million from his clients and forced into bankruptcy in late 2020. Since then, his bankruptcy trustee has been working to repay the many victims of his fraud.
Amid her efforts, the trustee filed a $25 million lawsuit against Erika, demanding she return the money that Thomas’ now-defunct law firm, Girardi Keese, used to pay her bills for her company, EJ Global. She also demanded Erika turn over the earrings, which she ultimately did — before filing her appeal.
Now, months later, in a newly filed motion obtained by Radar Online on November 13, the trustee is requesting the court block Erika from continuing to drag out her appeal.
According to the trustee, there is no question about whether or not the funds used to purchase the earrings were meant for his clients because the money did not come out of his personal account.
It’s needed, “most importantly” to “stop the economic bleeding Erika is causing the Estate in pursuit of her quest to benefit from the unconscionable fraud and crime perpetrated by her husband,” the trustee wrote in her motion, adding that Erika has no evidence to back up her claims of an unlawful seizure of the jewelry in court.
The trustee also stated that while Erika requested more time to conduct discovery, including depositions of an expert used by the trustee, she has provided no evidence that warrants the request.
“F*ck you. I won on appeal. You don’t know what you’re talking about,” she stated. “‘Those were never yours.’ Really? [The] appellate judge said they were. Or at least said you can’t prove that they weren’t.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 13 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.