Erika Jayne is dropped by her attorneys the day after a documentary about her and Tom Girardi's legal drama is released
Erika Jayne has been dropped by her attorneys in husband Tom Girardi's ongoing bankruptcy case.
Dinsmore & Shohl filed to withdraw as her counsel after a new documentary detailed their legal drama.
The firm said their "relationship of trust and confidence" with Jayne was "irreparably damaged."
Erika Jayne's attorneys have dropped "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star as a client one day after a new documentary premiered, detailing her and her estranged husband Tom Girardi's legal drama.
Law firm Dinsmore & Shohl filed to withdraw as Jayne's counsel in Girardi's ongoing bankruptcy case on Tuesday. Hulu's "The Housewife and the Hustler" premiered on Monday.
Peter Mastan, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl in Los Angeles, said the "relationship of trust and confidence" between his firm and Jayne "has broken down," according to court documents obtained by Insider.
"There has been a fundamental and material breakdown in the relationship between the Firm and Ms. Girardi," he wrote to US Bankruptcy Judge Barry Russell and the Chapter 7 trustees, overseeing her estranged husband's shuttered law firm, Girardi Keese, and his estate.
"In my good faith and judgement, the attorney-client relationship has been irreparably damaged and it is no longer possible to carry on with the necessary degree of trust and confidence which is foundational to that relationship."
Mastan also wrote in the court document that he could not describe "the precise nature of the breakdown" without breaching client confidentiality, but added that he would answer any questions from the court in private.
A spokesperson for Dinsmore & Shohl declined Insider's request for comment.
Per the court document, Dinsmore & Shohl notified Jayne on Monday that the firm was withdrawing as her counsel and encouraged her "to locate new counsel, alerting her to the potential consequences of not timely securing replacement counsel."
It's unclear whether Jayne has since obtained new counsel for the bankruptcy case. Insider reached out to Jayne's representative for comment, but didn't immediately hear back.
'The Housewife and the Hustler' follows Jayne and Girardi's web of legal troubles
A lawsuit highlighted in the ABC News special claims Girardi gave Jayne $20 million in loans from funds taken from his Los Angeles law firm.
Court papers say Girardi transferred the money from Girardi Keese to Jayne's company EJ Global. Insider has not been able to independently view that court filing.
Representatives for Girardi and Jayne didn't immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment on these claims.
Another lawsuit highlighted in the special revealed that Jayne, 49, was subpoenaed twice to give a deposition about the couple's assets, once last May and again last September. The hearings were postponed for undisclosed reasons, and Jayne never sat for questioning.
She filed for divorce from Girardi in November, citing "irreconcilable differences" after 21 years of marriage.
Girardi and Jayne have also been accused of embezzling millions from the widows and orphans of plane crash victims
Girardi Keese represented "nearly a dozen families" of victims in the October 2018 Lion Air crash, in which a new Boeing 737 Max plane crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew members on board.
In December, class-action law firm Edelson PC filed a complaint (viewed by Insider) claiming that Boeing transferred "substantial, but confidential," settlement amounts to Girardi Keese in early 2020, but those funds were never distributed to the victims' families.
It alleges that Girardi instead kept the money "for his own purposes and doled it out to his friends and family," including Jayne. It also said the couple were using their divorce - which the complaint called a "sham" - to hide the funds.
Jayne has maintained in preview trailers of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," airing now on Bravo, that she didn't know about the lawsuits before splitting from Girardi.
The lawyer has now been forced into involuntary bankruptcy. The bankruptcy trustees are now liquidating his assets to pay back creditors, according to "The Housewife and the Hustler." They're also asking for special counsel to recover assets from Jayne who, according to the documentary, claims that many of the items were gifts to her and thus separate property.
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