Premium- Real Housewives of Beverly Hills -Could Erika Girardi Go To Jail? Teresa Giudice's Former Lawyer Weighs In
Things aren't looking great for Erika Girardi. Following ABC News' damning documentary, The Housewife and the Hustler, Erika Girardi's attorneys have withdrawn their representation, leaving her without legal counsel in the bankruptcy case against her estranged husband, Tom Girardi. So, what now? While her lawyers quitting is definitely not good news, it doesn't mean Erika Girardi is going to jail or even leaving Beverly Hills (adjacent) just yet.
Erika's lawyers filed official documents to withdraw representation on Tuesday, June 15, citing the erosion of "the relationship of trust and confidence," and calling the harm "irreparable," as reported by People. While not explicitly confirmed as a response to The Housewife and the Hustler, the fact that this motion came the day after the documentary's release is raising eyebrows. (The Dipp reached out to Girardi for comment following the documentary and did not hear back in time for publication.)
The doc, which focused on Tom Girardi's alleged embezzlement and fraud, raised questions about Erika's involvement in her husband's potential crimes. Most notably, the report pointed out Erika's legal ties to her husband's finances, with her husband's company investing millions of dollars in Erika.
Losing legal representation in a multi-million dollar bankruptcy case against your estranged husband is never a good sign, but it doesn't necessarily mean anything particularly dire for Erika. To be clear, this is not a criminal proceeding (though it could, eventually, lead to one). Most importantly, Erika has not been formally charged with any crimes, and her representation in this case is just to try to protect her assets from being sold off to pay off Girardi's debts. And if that representation is no more, well, then her assets could be up for grabs.