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Erika Jayne steps out in muted black ensemble just weeks after being served with $50 million lawsuit

Erika Jayne wore a muted ensemble while out for a walk in Los Angeles on Friday.

The 51-year-old reality star donned a black button-down shirt which she paired with a pair of black leggings.

She walked in black sandals, her platinum blonde hair tied tightly behind her head.

All black: Erika Jayne wore a muted ensemble while out for a walk in Los Angeles on Friday

Her fingernails were painted a fiery red, and she kept her head held high as she walked through the Los Angeles neighborhood. 

The star carried a black leather handbag with her and, later, stepped out of the car with her Chick-fil-A order. 

While she ran errands like it was any other day, the star has been dealing with a prodigious legal issue in recent weeks. 

Casual chic: The 51-year-old reality star donned a black button-down shirt which she paired with a pair of black leggings

Casual chic: The 51-year-old reality star donned a black button-down shirt which she paired with a pair of black leggings

Legal trouble: While she ran errands like it was any other day, the star has been dealing with a prodigious legal issue in recent weeks

Legal trouble: While she ran errands like it was any other day, the star has been dealing with a prodigious legal issue in recent weeks

Jayne was delivered legal papers by a process server on July 22 at Los Angeles International Airport, as she returned from a Hawaiian vacation.

Jayne, in the suit filed by Edelson PC, is accused of conspiracy to racketeering, conspiracy and unlawful business practice among nine charges, in connection with her estranged husband Tom Girardi’s ongoing legal issues with his firm Girardi Keese.

In the legal docs, Girardi and Jayne are accused of misappropriating ‘client settlement money to project an image of wealth and to prop up a lifestyle made for reality TV.’

Edelson PC said that the EJ Global company Jayne ran had been ‘created for the purpose of funneling money from Girardi Keese to benefit’ her.

Lawsuit: Jayne was delivered legal papers by a process server on July 22 at Los Angeles International Airport, as she returned from a Hawaiian vacation

Lawsuit: Jayne was delivered legal papers by a process server on July 22 at Los Angeles International Airport, as she returned from a Hawaiian vacation

Inappropriate use of funds: In the legal docs, Girardi and Jayne are accused of misappropriating 'client settlement money to project an image of wealth and to prop up a lifestyle made for reality TV'

Inappropriate use of funds: In the legal docs, Girardi and Jayne are accused of misappropriating ‘client settlement money to project an image of wealth and to prop up a lifestyle made for reality TV’

Jayne was knowledgeable of Girardi’s embezzlement ‘scheme’ toward settlement funds earmarked for victims of the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, in which all 189 people onboard died, Edelson PC said in the suit.

In court docs, Edelson PC said Jayne was a ‘frontwoman’ for Girardi Keese, ‘selling to the world’ the notion that it ‘was successful.’

Jayne was named in a prior racketeering suit filed in April that attorney Jay Edelson told Page Six in an email was ‘more limited, in terms of who we sued, what we were suing about, and the legal theories we are pursuing.’ 

The suit Jayne was served with is aimed at ‘prosecuting the claims of the clients (the widows and orphans)’ involved in the crash settlement, Edelson said. 

Edelson said he’s confident his firm can ‘can prove to a jury that the Girardi firm was, and has long been, a criminal enterprise.’

Jayne has spoken about her legal troubles on the popular reality show, denying all claims of wrongdoing while saying she felt ‘terrible’ about the course of events.

The firm Edelson PC said the law firm run by Tom Girardi, 83, was 'a criminal enterprise.' He was snapped in LA in 2018

The firm Edelson PC said the law firm run by Tom Girardi, 83, was ‘a criminal enterprise.’ He was snapped in LA in 2018 

Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi in November of 2020 after a 21-year marriage. The former couple was seen on RHOBH

Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi in November of 2020 after a 21-year marriage. The former couple was seen on RHOBH 

She said on the show’s season 11 reunion episode last fall, ‘This is not who I am and I hope this is not who he is,’ referring to Girardi, 83, of whom she said, ‘I hope that he has not done what is alleged here.’

On an episode of the Bravo series earlier this month, Jayne went into detail about her marital status with Girardi, who she filed for divorce from in November of 2020 after a 21-year marriage.

Jayne said it wasn’t sensible to ‘get a divorce right now’ from Girardi with the ongoing litigation and financial issues, noting ‘there’s so much legal s*** going on.’

She said, ‘It’s ironic, but if I was divorced from Tom, I’d have to pay him alimony… I’ll stay married, thanks.’

Girardi has been living in a nursing home after he was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. His license to practice law was revoked in March of 2021, and in July of that year, he was placed into a conservatorship by his brother Robert.

Jayne said on the show that her ‘life has moved on and everything is separate’ as she’s ‘legally separated,’ adding, ‘it’s a weird time and I’m really ready for it to be over.’

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