Filing a complaint is one thing. Collecting it is a whole different matter. Mr Richards, in an interview, admitted that Ms Girardi’s assets – clothing, jewelry and other items – were unlikely to be worth anything close to $ 25 million. Mr Richards said he did not want to hurt Ms Girardi and was open to a settlement.
But his lawyer said it was premature to discuss a deal. “Everyone continues to pile up and trash Erika for things she hasn’t done,” Borges said, adding that “there is no hidden treasure.”
Meanwhile, the legal spectacle left some victims exasperated.
Mr Ruigomez was 19 when, in 2010, a gas explosion destroyed his family’s home in San Bruno, California, killing his girlfriend, burning him and severely damaging his lungs. He has since undergone nearly three dozen surgeries.
In 2013, Mr. Girardi secured an $ 11 million settlement on Mr. Ruigomez’s behalf. Pacific Gas & Electric, the electricity giant, paid Mr. Girardi’s business the money years ago. According to court documents, he and his family are still waiting for most of their money.
Kathleen Ruigomez, Mr Ruigomez’s mother, needs the settlement money for her son’s continued medical care, she said. “I worry about getting paid. “
Ms. Ruigomez used to watch and enjoy “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”. But as time went on and Mr Girardi kept giving her excuses as to why they had not been paid the full settlement, she began to view Ms Girardi with skepticism.
“The first few seasons we liked her a bit, but then we started to worry more and more about our money. Does she spend our money? Now she’s very unfriendly on the show,” he said. Ms Ruigomez said. “She almost seems to have the impression that we, the victims, have ruined her concert.”
Kitty bennett contributed research.