A NEW documentary exposes the real life of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Erika Jayne and her marriage to attorney Tom Girardi.
The documentary shows the outcomes of Girardi’s legal career and displays the lavish lifestyle that his wife Erika Jayne lived off of the multimillionaire questionable legal practices. Here are some of the things we know about the documentary.
How can I watch the documentary on Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi?
ABC News’ The Housewife and the Hustler began airing Monday on Hulu.
The documentary runs a little over an hour and takes a deep dive into the malpractice of Girardi in his legal career and the fact that his wife Erika Jayne never doubted where all this money came from.
It shows how Jayne has been jeopardized legally and financially by her husband’s corrupt legal practices, according to Variety.
Does the documentary expose how Girardi’s wealthy life affected his legal career?
In the documentary, Los Angeles attorney and former president of the Bar Association Brian Kabateck who knows Girardi said that the way Griradi was depicted on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills program was bad for his career and showed that he lived beyond their means
“I recall watching a couple episodes and I just shook my head because there was talk in there about Tom’s age, there was talk about his sexual prowess at his age,” Kabateck said in the documentary.
“Probably most appalling was talk that they had two airplanes. And that’s crossing the line in what we do. We represent people who are victimized by big corporations and rich people,” he added.
“And here you are putting it out that you’re super wealthy. And that you’re basically the man. We sue the man! You don’t want to be the man and he’s showing people he’s the man,” he continued.
Do any of Girardi’s victims appear in the documentary?
Yes, the documentary reveals Girardi’s victims who spoke about their experience with the lawyer and how he scammed them.
One of the lawyer’s victims Joe Ruigomez— who filed a lawsuit against a gas company after an explosion blew up his house and caused him serious injuries in 2010— spoke about how Girardi who represented the lawsuit failed him.
“Tom promised ‘I’m going to do a good job for you kiddo.’ He really made you feel like you could trust him and he would get the job done,” Ruigomez said in the documentary recalling the first time he met Girardi after waking up from his coma.
The documentary also shows the Ruigomez’s family reactions when they watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in disgust as Erika bragged about their wealth.
Where is Tom Girardi now?
The once renowned justice lawyer, Tom Girardi is now accused of embezzling from victims that he pledged to protect as he represented them against corporate giants in court.
The documentary also reveals that the State Bar of California admitted that they didn’t properly investigate complaints against Girardi including some that date back some 40 years ago.
Girardi is currently living in his Pasadena mansion for now until it’s sold, but he is not eligible to practice law.
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