'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star dismissed from fraud suit against husband

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Complaints stemming from fraud and embezzlement claims against disgraced California legal giant Tom Girardi against his estranged wife, reality TV star Erika Jayne, have been dismissed.

“Pursuant to stipulation, plaintiff’s claims against defendants EJ Global LLC and Erika Girardi are dismissed without prejudice and without costs,” documents filed in Illinois federal court on Saturday read, reports E!.

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The 50-year-old "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member, whose legal name is Erika Girardi, was previously named in the suit alongside her 82-year-old disbarred attorney husband.

Jayne filed for divorce in November 2020. Together, the couple were accused of embezzling $2 million in settlement funds from Girardi’s clients, some of which included family members of those killed aboard Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia.

Jayne was initially named by a trustee overseeing the assets of Girardi’s defunct law firm, Girardi Keese, claiming she had prior knowledge that the organization had covered her expenses with client money for nearly 12 years. She contended she had no such knowledge.

Earlier this week, the "Housewives" star made headlines after it was reported she may be forced to give up a pair of earrings worth approximately $750,000, reports People. Tom Girardi purchased the jewelry as a gift in 2007, possibly using funds that did not belong to him. Though the couple had claimed the earrings were stolen from their home, they were allegedly hidden in a safe.

“The evidence filed in court by the trustee shows a clear money trail to the purchase of these earrings,” Ronald Richards, the former attorney for the trustee overseeing the couples bankruptcy case, told Us Weekly in January. “Erika should return them immediately. They were purchased with estate funds. She will not be able to hide behind her attorney in her response. She will have to provide testimony under oath and be subject to a deposition if she persists.”

Erika Girardi has insisted the trustee has no claim on the gift, and that allegations she concealed the jewels were incorrect and hearsay.

According to court documents filed earlier this week, the star “agreed to hold and not transfer or sell the earrings” ahead of the trustee’s investigation and a Feb. 15 hearing.

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