Erika Jayne shops at Target after swapping boutiques for budget brands before RHOBH reunion

Erika Jayne once famously boasted she shelled out $40K a month to stay glamorous and now she’s relegated to doing her shopping at big box stores after declaring she has ‘zero dollars.’

The 50-year-old reality star was seen picking up some necessities at her local Target in Los Angeles on Tuesday, ahead of part one of the explosive Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion.

Part one of the four-part special will air on Bravo Wednesday and in teaser clips, host Andy Cohen grills a sobbing Erika over her alleged involvement in estranged husband Tom Girardi’s embezzlement scandal. 

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Downgrade: Formerly wealthy Erika Jayne was seen picking up some necessities at her local Target in Los Angeles on Tuesday, ahead of part one of the explosive Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion

Unlike her usually glamorous self, the Pretty Mess author was dressed down in gym clothes sporting black leggings, a black Adidas zip-up and a black athletic headband. 

Makeup free in large dark sunglasses and a messy bun, Erika chatted on the phone as she left Target with a plastic bag of items slung onto the crook of her elbow.

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Her outcoming comes as the four-part RHOBH reunion looms where Jayne’s financial ruin, embezzlement scandal and divorce will be laid bare.   

‘You know what, I can’t control what Tom Girardi did,’ Erika says in a teaser for the reunion, referring to her 82-year-old estranged husband.

Low key: Unlike her usually glamorous self, the Pretty Mess author was dressed down in gym clothes sporting black leggings, a black Adidas zip-up and a black athletic headband

‘We’re going to put you on a skewer – and I’m going to fire up the barbecue,’ Cohen tells Jayne unceremoniously in the clip, making it clear that he’s going to ask her tough questions about the alleged scam. 

‘Why didn’t you leave Tom sooner?’ Cohen asks – referencing Girardi’s woes, as he is accused of embezzling millions of dollars that were meant for plane crash victims. 

While the clip is heavily edited down into a short teaser – it is clear that Cohen gets into Jayne’s financial issues as he tells her ‘I know what you make on this show.’

After claiming she has ‘zero dollars’ to her name – while guzzling champagne with Kyle Richards on a luxury vacation – it appears that Cohen is now fact-checking her financial claims.   

Skewerd: Her outcoming comes as the four-part RHOBH reunion looms where Jayne’s financial ruin, embezzlement scandal and divorce will be laid bare by host Andy Cohen who leaves her sobbing in a teaser clip 

The subject of money appears to get Jayne riled up as she responds, ‘hold on!’ when Cohen brings up her RHOBH salary.

Cohen then says: ‘He’s having multiple affairs, yet as we know, he put $20million and more into your account.’ At that point, Jayne is seen shaking her head as she tries to interject with a denial, saying: ‘No.’  

This refers to claims by Jayne that Girardi was being unfaithful to her during their 21-year-marriage, which she has hinted is the reason for their split – rather than the embezzlement drama. 

A New York Times article published on Tuesday revealed that Erika Jayne raked in $600K as her salary for season 11. 

Things really get tense when Cohen asks the group: ‘Who believes that Erika did not know anything about what Tom was doing?’

Money matters: A New York Times article published on Tuesday revealed that Erika Jayne raked in $600K as her salary for season 11 despite her recent claims that she is financially destitute  

An incensed Jayne then rages: ‘Can someone please back me the f*** up on what I am saying?’

Cohen then pointedly says: ‘It lands differently when there are air crash victims.’ But the clip all boils down to Cohen asking Jayne: ‘Have you asked him if he did it?’ 

This is where Jayne appears to stumble over her words as she says… ‘I asked him why, am I, why…’ and then pauses as she looks up to the ceiling avoiding any direct eye contact. 

The other housewives looked shocked as she struggles to give an immediate answer – and Jayne begins to sob as tears roll down her face.

Drama: In August this year, Erika’s husband Tom Girardi was federally disbarred as an attorney amid an alleged embezzlement scandal where his is accused of stealing money earmarked for victims of a plane crash 

But at this stage it is not entirely clear when answers she gave in full as the clip has been edited by Bravo to save the full reveal for the upcoming reunion.   

In August this year, Tom Girardi was federally disbarred as an attorney, according to documents filed under the Central District of California. 

Girardi — who has been placed under a conservatorship on account of a Dementia diagnosis — reportedly ‘did not contest the decision. 

While Jayne has claimed to have no involvement in the embezzlement scandal and ‘kept away from the books’ she has been implicated over an alleged $25million she was paid by Giardi’s law firm. 

Legal woes: While Jayne has claimed to have no involvement in the embezzlement scandal and ‘kept away from the books’ she has been implicated over an alleged $25million she was paid by Giardi’s law firm

Jayne allegedly spent the huge sum of money on her lavish lifestyle from 2008 to 2020. Her attorney has stressed that she has done nothing wrong – and Jayne has claimed herself that she now has ‘zero dollars’ to her name.  

Just this week, Girardi and Erika Jayne finally sold their ‘secret’ La Quinta condo for $1.25M.

$548K will go to Ruigomez creditors and $335K will pay the disgraced 82-year-old’s estate attorney bill, according to Ronald Richards who’s overseeing the bankruptcy of Girardi’s former law firm.

Like much of the legal storm surrounding Tom, the 50-year-old reality star claimed she never knew about the La Quinta condo during the August 11th episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Liquidating: Just this week, Girardi and Erika Jayne finally sold their ‘secret’ La Quinta condo for $1.25M and their other Los Angeles home is also on the market

The Girardis – who filed to end their 21-year marriage in November – have also put their five-acre, four-bedroom Pasadena mansion on the market for $9.98M

Erika is now residing in a $2.4M home in LA while the disbarred lawyer lives at an assisted living facility. 

The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills will be starting production early on its upcoming 12th season to capture the goings on in Erika’s scandal, it has been claimed.

Typically the show has a longer break in between shooting seasons but TMZ reported that the gap has been shortened by months allegedly so producers can capture as much as possible of Jayne’s ongoing legal drama.  

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion airs part one Oct. 13 at 8pm.

Watch what happens: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion airs part one Oct. 13 at 8pm 

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