AceShowbiz - Erika Jayne has responded to a motion from a bankruptcy trustee who asked her to return a set of diamond earrings which were valued at $750,000. The trustee claimed that the reality TV star bought the jewelry using a trust account represented by his firm Girardi & Keese, which was accused of fraud.
In response to that, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star's attorney Evan Borges said in a court statement that his client didn't know that her then-husband purchased the lavish gift using money he stole from client funds. "First, Erika is completely innocent," Evan alleged.
"Erika, a non-attorney who had no role in managing GK, should not have to be the one arguing for full investigations and discovery into what GK did in the past," the document adds. "The trustee seeks to blame Erika for events of 15 years ago at a law firm in which Erika had no part."
"Not even the trustee alleges that Erika knew the source of funds that her wealthy husband used to buy her a gift of earrings 15 years ago (which replaced a prior set of earrings bought years prior to that)," he continued. Erika, however, showed a "good faith" to not sell or transfer the earrings pending an investigation.
The trustee in Tom's bankruptcy case claimed in a separate filing on Wednesday, January 26 that Tom purchased the diamonds in 2007 from M&M Jewelers, using money that was in a client trust account at his old law firm.
"Girardi then concealed the theft by describing the purpose of the check on the GK Rezulin Trust Account ('RTA') Ledger as a 'cost' item of the 'Rezulin' mass tort litigation, noting the payee to be 'M&M' without further explanation," the court documents allege.