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RHOBH’s Erika Jayne is forced to hand over $750,000 in diamond earrings from ex-Tom Girardi in a bankruptcy hearing

RHOBH’s Erika Jayne was forced to hand over her $750,000 earrings from ex Tom Girardi by a judge’s order, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

The controversial reality star, whose jewels are now believed to be worth about $1.4 million, lost her battle in a bankruptcy hearing for her ex and his law firm on Tuesday.

Erika Jayne was dragged into her ex's bankruptcy case after filing for divorce

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Erika Jayne was dragged into her ex’s bankruptcy case after filing for divorce
The 50-year-old star claims she has

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The 50-year-old star claims she has “zero dollars” and won’t get anything from her ex

Erika’s ex, who is accused of stealing client funds, was forced into bankruptcy alongside his company Girardi Keese in 2020 and there are more than $500 million in claims from creditors.

The disgraced former lawyer, 83, gave his estranged wife the jewels as a gift in around 2004 or 2005, but they were stolen about a year later, according to court records.

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Erika claims her family’s home was searched one night when they went out to dinner and she left the earrings in a crystal container in her bathroom.

The Bravo star claimed in court documents they weren’t insured so her husband replaced them, insisting: “I had no reason to doubt or question the source of the funds used to purchase the earrings .”

According to court documents, the money used came from settlement payments allegedly intended for a group of people who “suffered serious health problems from the use of the drug Rezulin.”

A source told The Sun on Tuesday that during a hearing a judge had agreed that the trustee in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings could sell the earrings – which were bought by M&M jewelers – in court.

They added that the value of the jewelry will be determined by experts and the money will go to the trustee for the Rezulin victims, who are suing in a separate class action lawsuit.

Ronald Richards, who formerly represented Chapter 7 trustee Elissa Miller and is a creditor of the estate, also tweeted on Tuesday: “The trustee already has @erikajaynes former earrings, the judge forfeits all rights of Erika Girardi to the earrings!! What a hearing. The judge agrees with the trustee. The request is granted.”

The trustee previously claimed in court filings: “Ms Girardi stated in her statement that she first learned of her husband’s embezzlement when the issue arose in this case – November 2021.

“At that time Ms. Girardi was obliged to return the earrings to the trustee. She didn’t, and the trustee was forced to submit her application.

“Mrs. Girardi’s reply, because of the passage of time, she is allowed to keep the fruits of the embezzlement.

They went on to cite laws providing that “any person who withholds any property from the owner … and knows that the property is about to be stolen … shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for a period not exceeding one year or imprisonment pursuant to the subsection.” (h) of Section 1170.”

The reality star is not being prosecuted over the embezzlement allegations and denies knowing anything about Girardi’s finances, while her ex has not yet been charged with a crime.

TAX BILL SHOCK

Girardi, who was disfellowshipped, has dementia and has moved into a senior living facility amid the legal scandal, his family claimed amid his conservatorship.

Erika, 50, previously claimed she couldn’t hand over the earrings as she faced another $2.2 million tax bill, according to court documents.

“I am in the process of figuring out the basis of this tax bill with the help of my manager who is also an accountant,” she wrote. “I am unable to pay the FTB tax bill.

“I also don’t know if the FTB is taking any lien on my assets, which include the diamond earrings.”

She already owes her company, EJ Global, which is currently on suspension, more than $2.5 million from 2011-2013, according to a letter from the Franchise Tax Board seen by The Sun.

It is unclear whether she owes taxes for the years 2013 to 2019.

During an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Erika claimed that she currently has “zero dollars” to her name — though she refused to ditch her $40,000-month glam squad.

Speaking to co-star Kyle Richards, 53, she said: “I’m out here rebuilding my life but girl I’ve got zero dollars.

“And when those trustees are done with him, there will be nothing. So I walk away with nothing.”

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Erika, who has since downsized her home, continued: “And I said that to my lawyers the other day. I said, ‘I don’t expect anything.’

“And one of my lawyers looked at me and said, ‘That’s the bravest thing I’ve ever heard.’

“Every day brings a brand new disaster. It’s just full of fucking cops.”

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The actress and singer's downfall has prompted her to downgrade her lifestyle

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The actress and singer’s downfall has prompted her to downgrade her lifestyle
But the Bravo celebrity continues to show off her ex's jewelry at events

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But the Bravo celebrity continues to show off her ex’s jewelry at events

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