An attorney for reality TV star Erika Girardi says a racketeering lawsuit brought against her by her husband’s former co-counsel “fantastically” accuses her of acting as the “frontwoman” for an embezzlement scheme with no supporting allegations.
Calling it a “tabloid-driven complaint,” a motion to dismiss filed Wednesday in San Francisco says the lawsuit doesn’t allege the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star or her company EJ Global knew the money spent by her estranged husband Tom Girardi’s now-bankrupt law firm was stolen from clients.
“Sometimes what a complaint does not allege is as important as what it does,” according to the 29-page filing from Evan Borges of Greenberg Gross LLP. “Nowhere does the Complaint allege that Ms. Girardi or EJ Global knew that Tom Girardi was operating a Ponzi scheme—because no evidence exists to support such a claim.”
The lawsuit from Edelson PC, a prominent Chicago-based plaintiff’s firm, says Erika Girardi worked to sell the Girardi Keese Law firm as successful through her TV antics and lavish spending while her husband leveraged his “larger-than-life persona” to fend off detection. But Borges’ dismissal motion says Edelson is downplaying its involvement in the case that ultimately exposed Tom Girardi’s years-long fleecing of his own clients, which stemmed from the 2018 crash of Lion Air Flight…