Jewelry drama! Erika Jayne opened up about the scandal surrounding her $750,000 earrings, which she lost in a lawsuit in June involving her ex-husband Tom Girardiembezzlement case.
Amid rumors that the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills The star’s diamonds are up for auction, the 51-year-old reality star claimed they were “not”.
“They are on appeal,” she explained to We Weekly at BravoCon on Friday, October 14, adding, “We’ll see what happens.”
Erika Jayne lost the jewelry when Judge Barry Russell ruled in June that “settlement funds from the trust account set up for a class action lawsuit run by Thomas’s company, Girardi Keese, were used to pay for the diamond earrings.” Although the judge didn’t believe the Bravo personality “was aware that the earrings were stolen property,” she was still ordered to return them.
“The lawsuit is another misguided attempt to blame Erika for the actions of Tom Girardi and others of whom she had no knowledge and in which she was not involved,” Erika’s attorney said. We in a statement following the decision. “The truth, if it matters, was recently summed up by Bankruptcy Judge Russell: ‘From my perspective, I accept what she said. That given the nature of what I know about the case, strictly from this case, I don’t think – to say it’s unlikely she knew of any of the ongoing shenanigans would be an understatement.
The California resident, for her part, filed an appeal a month later.
Although Erika claimed the jewelry was not for sale, a spokesperson for John Moran Auctioneers claimed Page 6 Tuesday that they are actually auctioned off. According to the company’s official website, the auction begins on December 7.
“It’s probably the most talked about jewelry in the world right now, which adds a kind of unknown excitement and interest factor,” said Stephen Swan, vice president of John Moran Auctioneers. “We haven’t established a starting offer yet, but as this is a court-ordered sale, the starting offer will be very attractive.”
Erika has repeatedly denied her involvement in her ex-husband’s alleged embezzlement drama, in which the 83-year-old former lawyer allegedly took funds from plane crash victims he was representing and would have used them, in part, to buy luxury items for his then wife.
The “Exxpen$ive” singer filed for divorce from Girardi in November 2020 after more than 20 years of marriage. Girardi, who currently suffers from dementia, currently resides in a residence for the elderly.
In addition to her legal troubles, Erika claimed exclusively We Friday that even though she wasn’t involved with her RHOBH castmates Kathy Hilton and Kyle Richards‘ feud, she would have liked to behave differently in season 12 of the hit reality series.
“The only thing I regret this year is [the] alcohol and antidepressants,” she shared. “That’s the only thing and that’s not a good combination. So yeah, that wasn’t my best time and that’s all I really regret, you know [it].”
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi