Erika Girardi does not hold back from describing her marital problems with the estranged husband Tom Girardi.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kyle Richards invited the Beverly Hills cast members to stay with her at her vacation home in La Quinta, California. Before Erika’s arrival, the other ladies – excluding Garcelle Beauvais – discussed Tom’s appearance in court earlier that day regarding the agreement on the Lion Air flight.
“The government has frozen all of his assets,” said Dorit Kemsley. “Because it was found that at least $ 2 million was inappropriately used.”
“So if they freeze assets, does that mean you can’t touch your money?” Lisa Rinna asked, to which Dorit, 45, replied: “No, you can’t do that. You can’t touch it.”
Dorit said she believed “the lawyers are asking for a medical evaluation of Tom because they believe he does not fully understand the seriousness of the situation.”
When Erika finally arrived, her co-stars greeted her with hugs. “We’re here for you,” said Kyle, 52, when Erika, 50, replied, “It’s not okay and will not be okay for a long time.”
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“His lawyers said that they had the feeling that he was mentally not well. I said that and no one would listen to me,” Erika told the group. “I’ve tried and I’ve tried. Maybe he can finally get the help he needs.”
When asked by Sutton Stracke why Erika was “drawn” into Tom’s legal troubles, Kathy Hilton stated that “you do when you’re married”.
Dorit then drew back on Erika’s experiences with her own in 2019 with her husband Paul “PK” Kemsley. The legal issues in question emerged before the couple had ever met, but Dorit was later drawn into the scandal.
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“I was a chick, gold digger, trophy woman,” said Erika in a confessional. “Now I am suddenly a financial thought leader with a finger on the pulse of the times.”
When the group sat down for dinner, Erika said she wasn’t sure what was coming next and that she had already left her office. The reality star also confirmed that she would not receive spouse support from Tom, 82.
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From there, Erika shared important revelations about their decades-long marriage.
“Tom’s only identity is to be a great lawyer. That’s all he ever wanted to be in life, and that’s what he put above everything else. Everything, ”she said. “You know, in the last few years when I noticed he was wearing off, he was holding on even tighter.
Erika recalled a car accident he had suffered a few years earlier and said that then she saw signs of his deteriorating health. However, she admitted to hiding the real cause of the crash.
“He crashed and then broke his ankle,” recalled Kyle from their previous conversation on the subject and led Erika to answer: “As a result of the crash, his ankle was [hurt]. He was also passed out for 12 hours, but nobody knows. “
“I know because I found him,” added Erika, noting that he “had a head injury and broke his shoulder, broke his ankle and then broke his collarbone” after driving off a cliff.
She claimed that she had not previously disclosed full details because she “respected Tom’s privacy”.
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Erika said when Tom finally called her after the accident, she immediately asked his whereabouts and assumed that “he was with another woman”. When asked which woman Erika thought she was with, she said she wasn’t sure, but it could have been “any of them”.
“Obviously that means he cheated on you,” Kyle said when Erika interfered. “You have no idea what I went through, no idea what I went through. That is my life.”
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Erika claimed she found “the evidence” of Tom’s “year-long” affairs through text messages and pictures on his cell phone.
“I knew a lot because it was so hard to hide and he was sloppy,” said Erika, noting that he wasn’t denying the affairs.
When asked why she didn’t leave him afterwards, Erika said: “Where am I going?”
“I really appreciate that you are all listening and just understanding,” she continued. “And I’ll be fine, but I’m not fine right now.”
After filing for divorce from Tom in November 2020, both Erika and Tom faced major legal troubles. More recently, Erika has been accused of conspiring with Tom to hide assets.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.