A former employee and customer of Thomas GirardiHe talks about her time working with the lawyer, how the 81-year-old really felt about his estranged wife Erika Jayneand blasting The real housewives of Beverly Hills Stern for what she believes is classless behavior.
Kimberly Archie started working with Thomas after substituting for her 48 year old best friend, Kathy Ruigomez, Her son was in a coma and was badly burned to death in the 2010 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) gas explosion. However, her friend is now suing the embarrassed attorney over the $ 11 million he allegedly failed to pay her family. Thomas also represented Kimberly in her son’s death while she worked for him, and she said she thought he was a “good guy” at the time, but now claims she was sadly wrong.
“I often say you can’t go into a shark fight with a guppy, you have to bring a shark,” said Kimberly Heather McDonald on her Juicy shovel Podcast. “And Tom was a shark. I thought he was a good shark, and of course that wasn’t true, but a lot of people thought he was a good guy. I wish I had understood what was going on sooner, but in retrospect it’s always 20/20. “
After working with the lawyer for years, Kimberly has an inside look at Thomas and Erika’s relationship and how he really felt about the reality star.
“When Tom talked about Erika, he lit the room,” she claimed. “I firmly believed that he was totally in love with her. He would be so excited to talk about what she was doing, and he seemed so proud of all of her accomplishments, her book that made it New York Times Bestseller list. I mean, when she got Roxy on Broadway, he loves Broadway and that’s what we’d talk about, ”said Kimberly.
Kimberly says when she first heard that Erika would join him RHOBHShe was completely shocked. As ironic as it is, she says Thomas always advised his customers not to watch reality TV because after their cases had been settled, he felt that they had to lead a “calmer life”.
“When I found out they were doing it Housewives I was down to earth and I mean down to earth, ”she explained. “Actually, I didn’t believe it. We had talked about a client doing a reality show after they sorted a case, but it was a benign show, a fishing show or whatever, so it wasn’t necessarily that juicy like a show, and he insisted, “no reality TV, this is not good for you, you need to have a quieter life.” So at first I was like “wow” because it was really wild for him to do it [agree to do the show]. ”
The former Girardi Keese employee said she told Thomas she was “blown away” that he agreed to let Erika do the show because of the intense spotlight, but what Erika wanted Erika got.
He literally just said, ‘This is for Erika. This is for her career and I will do it. “And that was it and I was like,” Wow! “
Kimberly, who is also involved in one of the many lawsuits filed against Thomas, shared her current feelings about the singer “Pretty Mess” and her recent behavior.
“Your take on the victims is really interesting because it doesn’t say much. She does a couple of things like posting lots of photos and I understand that some of them may be required by different contracts, but still to mock people and Saying we’re all gullible, “asked Kimberly, referring to one of Erika’s recent Instagram captions.” Really, the victims are gullible? Gullible to what? Why isn’t she coming to the US trustee and about the bankruptcy says, “Hey, I’ll help you find the fortune.” Instead, post selfies and say we’re gullible? No, you’re an idiot for who you are and you have no class. It’s a perfect example of that that money cannot buy a class, ”she claimed.
Erika admitted on the show that she didn’t fit in well with the legal world and that other lawyers’ wives didn’t greet her very much. As an individual working not only in the field, but also as a mother represented by Thomas after tragically losing her son, Kimberly doesn’t hold back in explaining why Erika wasn’t an exact fit.
“I think one of the things that might not sit so well in the world she wanted to navigate is that she created a persona based on money,” she claimed. “When your money – even if it wasn’t stolen – came from people like my son’s death or a burn victim or a family member who died of cancer, was injured in a train wreck or died on a bus rollover that shouldn’t have happened ‘You could probably have a little more etiquette and class on how to make people realize how you have enjoyed the wealth that has emerged from those horrific tragedies. “
“There’s a lot of decency that she could have been,” added Kimberly. “Nobody says people can’t make a lot of money, but she could have been a little tastier if she presented this lifestyle.”
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