Attorney Jay Edelson, who filed the suit against the estranged couple in December on behalf of the Lion Air Flight 610 victims, explained to Page Six, that he is subpoenaing Bravo to obtain unaired footage of both Jayne and Girardi on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“We are very confident that Bravo has information that will be helpful in our efforts to recover client money stolen by Tom Girard,” the lawyer told the outlet.
"This includes unaired footage of Erika and Tom. And it includes documentary evidence, including contracts Erika entered into to be on the Real Housewives and email and text correspondence with the Bravo team. We are hopeful that Bravo chooses a path of cooperation instead of using this tragedy to increase ratings and make a fortune for itself," Edelson said about going after the network.
The class action lawyer gave another statement to Fox News, “The victims have had to endure watching the Real Housewives cast do things like eat caviar pie and drink specially-made vodka served by white-gloved staff as they pay lip service to the lives Tom has ruined."
"The victims have watched Erika cry crocodile tears as she is ‘forced’ to move into a $10,000-a-month apartment while she and her glam squad parade around in a lifestyle few of us will ever know,” the attorney continued.
Although the "XXPEN$IVE" singer is not exactly down on her luck, she has appeared to be humbled. The 50-year-old was spotted this week looking casual as she made a run to her local Target.
Edelson concluded the statement by saying, “We are hoping that Bravo changes course and decides to stop protecting Erika and its own bottom line and not make a bad decision to impair our investigation and help us recover much-needed money for the victims."
The reality star's lawyer Evan C. Borges hit back at Edeleman in a response, saying: “The subpoena is another desperation move and pile-on directed at Erika. There is no hidden treasure, which we have supported by providing counsel for the bankruptcy trustee with all relevant bank account and financial information in Erika’s possession."
“There’s only a small amount of additional information that I need to provide to the trustee, which along with everything else we’ve provided, shows that Erika’s divorce filing was for legitimate reasons and she has been trying to make it on her own,” Borges explained.
The Sharknado 4 alum's lawyer concluded, “I realize it is not as sensational but it is time for everyone to direct their focus and questions to Tom Girardi and the Girardi Keese law firm. Erika is an entertainer. She was never a lawyer at GK and she had no role in the firm’s financial management or dealings with its clients.”