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Who is Tricia Bigelow? Judge was accused of 'f**king' 'RHOBH' star Tom Girardi

'RHOBH' star Erika Jayne accused her estranged husband Tom Girardi of having an affair with California judge Tricia Bigelow
'RHOBH' star Erika Jayne and her estranged husband Thomas Girardi (Bravo/ Getty Images)
'RHOBH' star Erika Jayne and her estranged husband Thomas Girardi (Bravo/ Getty Images)

When Erika Jayne filed for her divorce from Thomas Girardi, she left everybody shocked and wondering what could have caused such an abrupt split between the seemingly happy couple. Despite the massive age difference of 33 years between them, the couple was together for over two decades. While everybody was wondering about the reason behind their split, Erika slyly dropped a huge hint on her Instagram which she has since deleted from her account.

On December 18, Erika took to her Instagram to drop a deadly bombshell accusation. She accused her husband Tom of having months-long affair with a woman named Justice Tricia A Bigelow. In her since-deleted post, she shared several screenshots of texts between her disgraced attorney husband and Bigelow, with the caption: "This is Justice Tricia A. Bigelow. She was f***ing my husband Tom Girardi and he was paying her Saks bill and paying for her plastic surgery." If you're curious to know more about who Judge Bigelow is, then read on.


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Tom Girardi with his wife Erika Jayne (Bravo)

Who is Tom Girardi's alleged mistress Tricia Bigelow?

‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Erika Jayne has alleged that her estranged husband had multiple affairs during their 21-year marriage. A source close to the reality star told People Magazine that the octogenarian's alleged infidelity was one of the main reasons behind the couple's divorce. "The reason she divorced Tom is that he was cheating on her with multiple women," a source close to the couple said, adding that Jayne claims "she's known about his infidelity for years" but "wanted to try and save the marriage".

According to reports by Page Six, the screenshots shared by Erika revealed several incriminating texts between the attorney and his alleged mistress. The text messages read, “Tonight was fantastic. Really. But it would be a whole lot better if I were f***ing you.” Another message read, “Miss you babe. Makeup sex?” along with several requests for Girardi to pay a Dr David Matlock, with Bigalow threatening, “I can ask my new boyfriend to pay if it’s a problem. He’s got big dough.”


Erika also revealed that the woman in question was a California judge named Tricia A Bigelow. According to the California Courts website, Bigelow was confirmed as the presiding justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight, in February 2010. She has held her seat since 2010 when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her. According to the state documents, her current term is set to end in 2031.

She was also a former California Deputy Attorney General from 1986 to 1995. In 2015, she received the Bernard S Jefferson Award for her extraordinary dedication and service to judicial education from the California Judges Association. She was also Dean of the annual Bernard E Witkin Judicial College. Justice Bigelow is a member of the board of advisors at Pepperdine University School of Law as well. She is a published writer and has authored several papers on judicial ethics and fairness, jury instructions and civil motions. 

Neither Bigelow nor Tom made any statement about the alleged affair. Erika and Tom married in 1999 after meeting at Chasen's, a famous restaurant in West Hollywood, California. Erika worked as a waitress there, while Tom was a patron of the establishment. In her 2018 memoir ‘Pretty Mess’, Jayne said, “After a year of working in the restaurant, one night I decided to slip Tom my telephone number. We were standing in front of the giant fireplace. ‘Did you hear I was single?' I asked." Six months later, the two were engaged.


The ongoing Season 11 of 'RHOBH' plays out the messy divorce between Erika and Tom. So hopefully, we might get to learn a bit more about their divorce from the show.

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