Erika Girardi – aka Erika Jayne – is being accused of using her divorce from husband Tom Girardi as a scam to help him hide money, but according to new reports she decided to leave Tom because of his infidelity.
A source tells PEOPLE that Tom’s alleged infidelity was the reason the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 49, filed for divorce from the attorney, 81, last month. Tom has not responded to PEOPLE’s multiple requests for comment.
She says “the reason she divorced Tom is because he was cheating on her with multiple women,” a source close to the couple says, adding that Erika claims “she’s known about his infidelity for years” but “wanted to try and save the marriage.”
“When she was performing her last week on Broadway, he left her high and dry and was frolicking around town instead of supporting her and attending her shows,” the insider says they were told. “She realized she would never be a priority to him and that was her breaking point.”
“The split was a long time coming. The lawsuit just coincided with her decision to leave him,” the source says, referencing a complaint filed in early December accusing the couple of using their divorce to embezzle money.
According to a court complaint obtained by PEOPLE, several families who lost loved ones in a 2018 Boeing plane crash have accused the Girardis of embezzling settlement funds meant to help the families of victims on Lion Air Flight 610 and using the money to fund their “lavish Beverly Hills lifestyles.”
Tom and his law firm, Girardi & Keese, are being held in civil contempt and have had their assets frozen by U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin, who reportedly said during a hearing Monday that the “simple way to cure all of this” is to pay at least four clients that are allegedly owed $500,000.
On Tuesday, Tom’s law partner Robert Keese and fellow business partners Robert Finnerty and Jill O’Callahan sued him to dissolve their venture, known as 1126 Wilshire Partnership.
According to a filing obtained by PEOPLE, Keese, Finnerty and O’Callahan claim that Tom never paid them income owed from their partnership, instead keeping the money for himself. The plaintiffs also allege that Tom took out loans against the property without their knowledge for his “own personal gain, benefit and use.”
Erika Jayne’s been a little dry the past couple seasons of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’ but we hope the cameras are following THIS storyline because this is what the show needs!