Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 11 looks set to be one of the most explosive and dramatic yet, as Erika Jayne’s controversial divorce from husband Tom Girardi becomes a very heated topic in the new trailer.
Erika, 49, and her much-older lawyer husband Tom, 81, were both named in a damning legal suit last year, claiming he embezzled money from a Boeing airplane crash settlement, which the couple have denied.
A month prior to the lawsuit, the pair announced they were separating after 21 years of marriage, but their divorce was later blasted as a ‘sham’ to protect their money – a claim that is picked apart by Erika’s co-stars in scenes from the upcoming show.
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‘No-one knows the answer but him,’ Erika is heard telling the Housewives at dinner, when Kyle Richards is seen confronting her over whether she knew any of the allegations that have been lobbied at her estranged partner.
Garcelle Beauvais is also seen scrunching up her face as Erika appears to defend herself, showing that not all those at the table appear to be buying what she is saying.
The tense trailer starts off with the women offering to play a game where they reveal one truth, and two lies – and the group have to guess which is which, with Erika appearing to be flummoxed at the idea.
Hot topic: Erika us finding herself at the center of all the drama this next season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Angry: Erika gets VERY heated with Sutton when talking about her legal drama
Touched a raw nerve? Erika is seen hissing mad when co-star Sutton Stracke says something to her at dinner, presumably about her controversial divorce and lawsuit
Getting in the neck: Sutton is on the receiving end of Erika’s rage and anger at dinner
If looks could kill: Erika does not play when it comes to giving someone a dressing down
Pain: It seems the show will take a no-holds-barred approach to Erika’s situation
‘I did not see it ending this way, I was going to hold that man’s hand until he died,’ Erika says in an earlier group chat.
Erika and her estranged husband are both being sued in federal court for fraud and embezzlement by class action firm Edelson P.C.
The suit claims that Tom allegedly diverted money to Erika that was owed to the relatives of Lion Air Flight 610 plane crash victims in 2018.
Tense table setting: Erika is questioned by the Housewives over her divorce and legal drama
Not convinced? Garcelle Beauvais is seen scrunching up her face as Erika appears to defend herself, showing that not all those at the table appear to be buying what she is saying
Not buying it? Garcelle scrunches up her face as Erika begins to tell her side of the story
Here for the drama: Kyle Richards does not shy away from asking Erika some uncomfortable questions in the clip
Proving that the hot top is not off-limits in the new season, Garcelle, 54, is later seen having a one-on-one confrontation with Erika while out on a hike, where she asked if she got a ‘heads-up’ about the lawsuit.
‘Is that why you got divorced?’ Garcelle asked her directly, with Erika denying the claim, replying: ‘No, I did not.’
However, Erika really loses her cool when she is questioned by relative newbie Sutton Stracke, though it is not clear exactly what Sutton says to her.
They’re REALLY getting into it: More scenes show Erika and Garcelle going on a hike where she is once again grilled about the controversy
The truth comes out: Garcelle, 54, is later seen having a one-on-one confrontation with Erika while out on a hike, where she asked if she got a ‘heads-up’ about the lawsuit
‘I am not a liar – you have a lot f***ing nerve,’ Erika hisses at Sutton, who responds ‘Don’t talk to me like that.’ ‘Or what? Or What?’ Erika barks back, seemingly furious and upset.
After more prodding, Erika says aggressively, ‘Right, exactly, shut the f*** up’ leaving the whole table of women wide-eyed.
Another red-hot topic for the ladies is Lisa Rinna’s daughter Amelia Hamlin’s new relationship with Keeping Up with the Kardashians stat Scott Disick, 37.
Another hot topic: Lisa Rinna, 57, is seen taking a FaceTime call from daughter Amelia, 19, who tells her she’s going on a date with Scott Disick, 37, who she calls her ‘friend’
‘He’s too damn old!’ Lisa is later seen discussing the 18-year-gap between lothario Scott and her daughter
Talking about their 18-year-age-gap with her 19-year-old daughter, Lisa, 57, is heard bellowing to her co-stars: ‘He’s too damn old!’
However, it’s not all about getting to the bottom of Erika’s legal drama this season or Lisa Rinna’s thoughts on Scott, as other scenes show some more upbeat and reliably wild set-ups.
The group enjoy some activities including sailing a boat and generally behaving as normal despite the ongoing pandemic.
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Not all drama: Erika seems happier when out and about for a day of activities in the show
Still living their best lives: The pampered girls enjoy a day of sailing in the new season
Elsewhere in the new season, Kyle struggles with the realization that her daughters are growing up and her impending empty-nest status.
In Kyle’s mind, the pressure she feels to keep her family close now falls onto her oldest daughter Farrah to get married and have children of her own.
Always looking to stay one step ahead of the game, Dorit Kemsley dives into new endeavors and takes on the task of designing a line of fashion-forward wedding dresses.
Struggle: Garcelle realizes that having it all just might be possible, but she has zero down time
The challenges of working from home take its toll, however, as her kids are home-schooling with a tutor and her husband PK is occupied with work of his own.
Garcelle realizes that having it all just might be possible, but she has zero down time.
Never one to slow down, she splits her efforts between raising her teenage twins, doting on her grandson and searching for the man of her dreams, all while stepping into her dream job hosting a daytime talk show.
Meanwhile, Kyle’s sister, Kathy Hilton, makes her debut as she is seen by Crystal’s side to help her navigate the group.