Speak. Erika jayneseparated husband, Tom girardi, broke his silence on his guardianship as the multiple lawsuits and his health issues continue to make headlines.
Tom, 82, attended a virtual court hearing on Wednesday, June 9, where he addressed the situation for the first time. “Obviously, I do not agree with the guardianship,” he told a judge of his brother. Robert Girardi, being put in control of his person, as well as his assets and finances.
He then detailed his plans to end the guardianship. “I think we should put together the reasons why the guardianship should be dissolved, and then we will address it, we will go to court,” he said. “Right now, I have nothing to say to the court.”
Despite Tom’s protests, the judge later ruled that Robert should make the decisions about the former attorney’s health, medical care, day-to-day transactions, estate and finances.
The reality star was placed under temporary guardianship in February when her brother took over her daily activities and personal care. One of Tom’s attorneys claimed in court in December 2020 that he was hospitalized for a “serious illness,” raising questions about his mental competence. Court documents revealed in March that Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and late-onset dementia.
U.S confirmed in November 2020 that Erika, 49, filed for divorce from Tom after 20 years of marriage.
“After much consideration, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi,” said the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star said in a statement at the time. “This is not a step that is taken lightly or easily. I have great love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we build together. It is my absolute desire to continue this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserve. I ask others to give us that privacy as well. “
The split took a strange turn in December 2020 when the estranged couple was sued for fraud and embezzlement. In addition to accusing them of defrauding $ 2 million in settlement funds intended for the families of the victims of a 2018 plane crash, the class action firm Edelson PC claimed in federal court documents that the divorce was “simply a false attempt to fraudulently protecting Tom and Erika’s money from those seeking to collect the debts of Tom and his law firm. “
Tom faced a second lawsuit later that month, alleging that his company violated a written agreement and a conversation with Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services. The bank requested immediate payment of the outstanding invoice of $ 882,715.
Erika, meanwhile, broke her silence on the divorce in the trailer for season 11 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “I didn’t see it end this way,” he said in the promo, which debuted in April. “I was going to hold that man’s hand until he died.”
The “XXPEN $ IVE” singer also alleged that she “had” no prior warning about the lawsuits involving Tom.
“Erika was completely unaware of the serious accusations being made against Tom in court,” a source said exclusively. U.S in December 2020. “Tom always handled all the finances and that’s how they handled things. Erika feels betrayed by Tom because she completely trusted him. “
Erika accused Tom of having an affair in December 2020, sharing text messages from her alleged lover. An informant said U.S Later that month, the TV personality “still couldn’t believe Tom was going to cheat.”
With reporting by Marjorie Hernandez