Real Housewives roadblock. Bravo has been subpoenaed for footage of Erika Jayne as her authorized struggles with estranged husband Tom Girardi proceed to make headlines, Us Weekly can affirm.
The community has been requested to show over unaired scenes from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which is at present rounding out its eleventh season, by October 26. As the drama continues, lawyer Jay Edelson alleged that the 50-year-old actuality star has been “protected” by Bravo and producer Andy Cohen.
“We have all seen Bravo ride the Girardi embezzlement scandal to historically high ratings,” the lawyer solely informed Us in an announcement on Tuesday, October 12. “For the most part, Andy Cohen and Bravo have protected Erika, paying her — according to reports — as much as $600,000 to be on the show this year while allowing her to cast herself as the primary victim of Tom’s criminality.”
The estranged couple had been accused of mishandling funds meant to assist the households affected by a 2018 airplane crash. Erika and Tom, 82, had been slammed with a number of lawsuits one month after the Broadway performer filed for divorce in November 2020. Since then, the Pretty Mess creator has continued to take care of her innocence — however she’ll be thrown into the recent seat in the course of the upcoming RHOBH reunion particular.
“Although the reunion trailer suggests that Andy is finally going to ask the tough questions of Erika, he is strategically doing so to increase his ratings and make Bravo even more money,” Edelson claimed to Us. “We believe that Bravo has a legal and moral duty to cooperate in our litigation so the true facts come out and the families of the Lion Air crash victims can get some justice.”
The subpoena serves as “a ‘put up or shut up’ moment for Bravo,” Edelson argued. “If Bravo chooses delay and obstruction, then it has officially become charter members of the increasingly large boatload of people looking to profit from the worst embezzlement scandal the legal industry has seen.”
Earlier this month, followers bought a glimpse of the four-part reunion, which encompasses a tense dialog between Erika and the Most Talkative creator, 53. “We’re going to put you on a skewer and I’m going to fire up the barbecue,” Cohen tells the singer within the trailer because the Georgia native’s costars proceed to press her about her potential involvement in Tom’s controversial actions.
The Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host then asks why Erika didn’t go away her marriage sooner, hinting, “I know what you make on this show.”
In return, the Dancing With the Stars alum pleads to her costars, “Can someone please back me the f–k up on what I am saying?!”
Us beforehand confirmed that Erika is being sued for $25 million in Tom’s chapter case. The New York Times lately reported that the TV character cashed in $600,000 for season 11 of the Bravo hit. Earlier this month, the pair’s dwelling in La Quinta, California, offered for $1.25 million after being positioned on the market to repay collectors and different payments.
Part one of many Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion airs on Bravo Wednesday, October 13, at 8 p.m. ET.
With reporting by Diana Cooper