An attorney for Erika Jayne has filed new court papers denying claims in a civil case filed against “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member by an ex-girlfriend of Nicolas Cage, who seeks nearly $745,000 allegedly due her in a lawsuit settlement.
In addition to naming Jayne as a defendant, actress and plaintiff Christina Fulton also alleges in her complaint filed July 15 in Los Angeles Superior Court that two lawyers who worked for the law firm of Girardi & Keese committed legal malpractice and other misconduct.
Girardi & Keese, co-founded by Jayne’s estranged husband, Tom Girardi, fell apart amid allegations that money was stolen from clients and the 55-year-old Fulton alleges she became one such victim after she hired the firm to represent her after she was injured in a January 2016 traffic accident. Fulton’s lawsuit further alleges that the 51-year-old Jayne’s company, EJ Global LLC, was created to channel money from the firm to benefit her.
Girardi & Keese was able to negotiate Fulton a settlement agreement of $924,300 in 2019, but Fulton was not paid her $744,650 share, her suit alleges.
Fulton says she discovered this summer through bank records and other financial documents that the settlement money due her were allegedly diverted to Jayne and EJ Global. Fulton further alleges that as Girardi & Keese settled cases, Jayne received the funds and used them to pay for a lavish lifestyle enjoyed by her and Girardi.
But in their answer to the complaint filed Monday, Jayne’s attorney denied any wrongdoing on his client’s part, EJ Global or a second Jayne company, Pretty Mess Inc.
“(Fulton) solely interacted with Girardi & Keese and attorneys of that firm,” according to Jayne’s lawyer’s court papers. “(Fulton) never interacted with Erika Jayne, EJ Global LLC or Pretty Mess Inc.”
Jayne’s lawyer adds in his court papers that Jayne, EJ Global and Pretty Mess “had no knowledge of and did not participate in any of the misconduct alleged in the complaint regarding Girardi & Keese and Thomas Girardi.”
Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi in November 2020.