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Erika Jayne Insists Estranged Husband Tom Girardi's 'Life Is Over' After Alleged Embezzlement Scheme, Being Placed In Care Facility

Oct. 21 2021, Published 10:05 a.m. ET

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Whether or not Tom Girardi actually embezzled millions of dollars intended for families of plane crash victims, Erika Jayne knows one thing is for sure: the embattled former lawyer's "life is over."

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star remained in the hot seat on Wednesday, October 20, during part two of the RHOBH reunion, as she was faced with more questions regarding her estranged husband's alleged misuse of funds.

While not directly answering whether she believed Girardi did what he's been accused of, Jayne candidly said, per UsWeekly: "It does not look good," declaring: "We still need to get to the bottom of it. Only one side of the story has been told."

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“I feel terrible. This is not who I am," the 50-year-old added of the accusations lodged against her and the former attorney, who lost his legal license amid the drama. "And I hope this is not who he is. … I hope that he has not done what is alleged here.”

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Jayne and Girardi, 82, have been accused of using their November divorce to embezzle money intended for families of the victims of the Lion Air Flight 610 plane crash in 2018.

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Following news of the class action lawsuit, the Pretty Mess author was sued for $25 million by the trustee overseeing Girardi's bankruptcy case regarding his former law firm, Girardi Keese. (The plaintiff's attorney insisted the firm paid "on behalf of Erika to cover her expenses over a 12-year period.")

Talking to Bravo host Andy Cohen and her fellow housewives, Jayne explained she has to worry about her own legal woes rather than what her ex had been up to behind her back.

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The bankruptcy trustee has "got to sort out what money was supposed to go where. And at this point, quite honestly, I have to worry about myself. Whatever Tom Girardi did or did not do, that’s on him,” Jayne blatantly said.

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"His life is over," she added of the once-respected lawyer — who previously claimed in court that he was broke and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, as well as dementia earlier this year. "He’s in his 80s, he’s in a memory care facility, his career is over and done."

The "How Many F**ks?" songstress pointed out she just turned 50, saying: "I cannot allow all of this to destroy me and take me to a place that I cannot recover. I have to survive this. So that’s why I’m feisty."

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As OK! reported, Jayne continued to clap back at Cohen when he asked why she didn't leave Girardi after she found out he was unfaithful to her. The blonde babe also slammed her fellow castmates during Season 11 for not standing up for her when her life appeared to be falling apart.

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The reality star pointed out Girardi's memory has been rapidly depleting, making it hard for her to get answers out of him. “There was no talking to this person, trying to get him to answer my questions, being shut out completely — anger, personality changes, and you can see now, look, the man is in a home, he’s in a memory care facility," she reportedly told Cohen. (Girardi's brother was recently named as the sole conservator of his estate amid his health woes.)

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"We’ve all seen the pictures of him with a black eye,” Jayne continued of the photos taken in August. “We’ve seen how disheveled and how absolutely horrible he has deteriorated since I left."

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Jayne concluded by noting it may not be unusual for Girardi's business to be sued, but everything changed when her name started to be mentioned in lawsuits. "That’s when my ears were perked up,” she recalled.

However, it remains unclear when exactly Jayne knew her legal troubles were about to spiral out of control, with her saying she's "not at liberty" to say "at what time" she "sought legal counsel." Either way, "I did nothing wrong [when I left]," Jayne concluded.

During part two of the reunion special, Jayne also revealed she "gave every paycheck" she ever had to her then-husband because she "trusted" him. According to The New York Times, the RHOBH six-season cast member has been named in more than six lawsuits in recent months against Girardi.

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