Erika Jayne's estranged husband, Tom Girardi, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, a new report states.
The diagnosis, reported by the New York Post's Page Six, was revealed in court documents as part of Tom's brother's efforts to be named the permanent conservator of Tom.
"Dementia impairs his ability to understand the hearing," Dr. Nathan Lavid, a Long Beach forensic and clinical psychiatrist, wrote in a sworn affidavit. "His emotional distress is directly related to his dementia and exacerbated by his confusion."
The letter also said the estranged husband of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Erika has short-term memory loss, an inability to concentrate and has "moderate" delusions.
The report also comes on the heels of Page Six's report that Tom, 81, has been stripped of his law license in California, all but ending his once-storied legal career.
Tom's fall from grace has been swift and dramatic. In November 2020, Erika filed for divorce from Tom after 21 years off marriage. A source quickly told People magazine that Erika pulled the plug because of alleged ongoing infidelity. The following month, Tom was accused of embezzling money from the families of the victims of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed in 2018 in Indonesia, killing all 189 people aboard. In that lawsuit, a Chicago law firm claimed Erika and Tom's divorce was nothing more than "a sham" so that the reality TV couple could "project a public image of obscene wealth at all times, and at whatever the cost."
The following week, Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services sued Tom and his law firm, Girardi Keese, for alleged breach of contract and for failing to pay monthly fees. Around that same time, Tom's business partner and other attorneys filed to dissolve their law firm and alleged that Erika's ex did not pay them the estimated $315,000 they earned from the partnership, instead pocketing the cash "for his own personal gain."
In mid-December 2020, just after Tom was hospitalized with "a serious illness," it was reported that he testified to being broke in an unspecified case a few months earlier.
"At one point I had about 80 million or 50 million in cash. That's all gone. I don't have any money," The Los Angeles Times quoted him as saying.
In February 2021, Tom's brother was named the temporary conservator over him.