Bethenny Frankel claims Tom Girardi owed Dennis Shields $ 500,000
Bethenny Frankel claims she has known about Tom Girardi’s financial troubles for years because he should have his ex, Dennis Shields, $ 500,000.
The former “Real Housewives of New York City” star, 50, said during the last episode of her podcast “Just B With Bethenny Frankel” On Thursday, she met the disgraced lawyer, 82, at a law conference a few years ago.
Frankel claimed she spoke to Girardi at the time about how his then-wife Erika Jayne flaunted her wealth on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” bragging about everything from the $ 50,000 that ‘she would spend in glam to own two private planes.
âMy experience is, especially with ‘housewives’â¦ if someone shows their money, they don’t really have it,â Frankel said.
After this meeting, Frankel claimed that Shields told him that Girardi owed him money.
âHe owes me half a million dollars,â Bethenny said, Shields told him. âI know this other guy he owes a million and a half dollars. He does not have money. He owes everyone money.
Frankel said she was confused as to how Jayne, 50, could fly in private jets, to which Shields reportedly replied: “It’s because he uses people’s money to support his style.” of life. He uses the company’s money to support his lifestyle.
Per Frankel, Shields also reportedly said Girardi’s debt “made everyone worse off,” adding that the then-powerful lawyer couldn’t “say no” to Jayne.
Frankel claimed to have discovered in May 2018 that Girardi’s financial woes were the “worst-kept secret” in Los Angeles lawyer circles, adding: “It was one thing.”
âThis is exactly what is happening – things take a long time to come out,â she said. âThey all knew about it. “
Frankel went on to say that she informed Andy Cohen about Girardi and Jayne’s finances shortly after her discovery. However, it was not until the news broke that Bravo’s boss reportedly told Frankel, âHoly s â t. You really know everything. You told me about it years ago.
âI knew it since 2017â¦ and it all came out in 2020,â she added.
Girardi’s now disgraced firm, Girardi Keese, has a debt of more than $ 101 million. Last November, he was sued by a class action law firm on behalf of victims of Lion Air Flight 610 who alleged that he and his future ex-wife embezzled money during their “sham divorce.” “.
In August, Jayne was sued for $ 25 million by the bankruptcy trustee of Girardi’s former law firm. She was accused of spending the millions – allegedly given to her company, EJ Global LLC, from Girardi Keese – on her American Express bill, assistants and a glamorous team, among other expenses.
In February, a judge appointed Girardi’s brother Robert Girardi as the attorney’s curator after it was discovered the attorney was allegedly suffering from short-term memory loss.
Lawyers for Jayne and Robert did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment on Frankel’s claims.