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'RHOBH': Erika Jayne refers to 'alleged air crash victims', fans say 'they're real'

'I refuse to give Erika the chance to defend herself when she used the phrase “alleged victims” in the first 10 minutes of this reunion,' wrote a 'RHOBH' fan
UPDATED OCT 14, 2021
'RHOBH' star Erika Jayne at the show's reunion (Bravo)
'RHOBH' star Erika Jayne at the show's reunion (Bravo)

If Erika Jayne was hoping to change the public's perception of her in the light of her alleged involvement in her estranged husband and disgraced lawyer Tom Girardi's money embezzlement case then the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 11's reunion isn't doing her any favors. The housewife managed to rub off everybody the wrong way within the first ten minutes of the reunion's premiere by repeatedly referring to the families of the victims of the air crash as 'alleged victims'.

In October 2018, Indonesia's Lion Air plane plunged into the Java sea leaving all 189 passengers and the crew inside dead. A few family members of the crash victims appointed Tom Girardi's firm- Girardi Keese to represent them to be compensated fairly by  Boeing for their personal tragedy. Tom Girardi personally took on the case and managed to secure a massive payout for the victims' families from Boeing. The money was wired directly to the law firm by Boeing. Although the airplane manufacturer wired huge sums of money as compensation for the victims' families, the families reportedly received only a small portion of it. Despite several repeated follow-ups and not getting any update from the law firm, the victims' families decided to sue Girardi for embezzling the money from them. This ended up creating the narrative that the Girardi stole money from orphans and widows to fund their lavish lifestyle.


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Erika Jayne on 'RHOBH' (Bravo)

Alongside Tom even Erika got dragged into it as the lawyer reportedly invested huge sums of money into the housewife's business. This brought up the question of if Erika was aware of her husband's financial dealings. Although many fans began watching 'RHOBH' with an open mind and ready to give the housewife benefit of the doubt, they quickly changed their mind after watching her actions on the show. Instead of showing any sympathy or remorse over her husband's actions towards the victims' families, Erika focussed excessively on her own personal downfall and how she had to leave Tom's mansion and move into a small house, etc. The housewife's constant complaining of being broke and not once talking about the victims left fans feeling frustrated.

But for many fans, the last straw was when Erika finally addressed the victims but chose extremely poor choice of words. The housewife kept referring to the victims as "alleged victims" of her husband's"alleged actions". Several fans took to their Twitter to call her out. A fan tweeted, "Did Erika really say "Alleged victims"???#RHOBH." "Alleged victims??!?!?!!??!!!? wtf!!!! I hope so badly that no good pos erika goes to jail. #RHOBH." Another fan commented, "Erika is not doing herself any favors by repeatedly saying “alleged victims” #RHOBH #RHOBHReunion."




'RHOBH' stars Lisa Rinna and Erika Jayne (Bravo)

"How incredibly tone deaf and privileged of Erika to call Tom’s victims, “alleged” and then says she’s ready to “close this chapter”and calls it bullshit. Ma’am your husband stole from victims and deposited the money into your account, you can’t just wash your hands of this #RHOBH," expressed an angry fan. Another fan added, "Ummm Erika the victims are not “alleged” they’re real and they actually exist #RHOBH." "I refuse to give Erika the chance to defend herself when she used the phrase “alleged victims” in the first 10 minutes of this reunion #RHOBH," declared a fan.




'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 11 airs every Wednesday at 8/7c on Bravo.