‘The Housewife and the Hustler’ Gives a Voice to the Victims of the Erika Jayne Legal Mess

The first individual we see on the new ABC News/Hulu documentary The Housewife and the Hustler is Danielle Staub, and that tells you all the pieces you want to learn about this challenge. The former Real Housewives of New Jersey forged member isn’t featured closely all through the 68-minute documentary, however actually, ought to she be featured in any respect?

The documentary, which premieres Monday, June 14th on Hulu, units out to clarify what’s at present occurring with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills forged member Erika Jayne amidst her divorce from husband Tom Girardi, which was introduced on Election Day in November 2020, and we’re simply beginning to see play out on the present season of the Bravo collection. And since then, it’s solely been adopted up by steady jaw-dropping information, together with the undeniable fact that he’s been accused of some monster crimes, resembling embezzling tens of millions of {dollars} from the victims he was supposed to be defending and preventing for.

It’s a buzzy story for positive, and anybody that considers themselves a reasonable to superfan of Bravo has discovered themselves much more shocked anytime new details about this couple has been revealed in the final seven months, although this documentary is unlikely to do the similar. There is little to no actual new info (in any case, that is an ongoing authorized case) introduced right here, significantly with regard to Erika and her potential involvement. What this documentary does do properly although is lower by means of all the legalese and clearly explains simply how horrific these allegations actually are.

The Housewife and the Hustler focuses on the victims, in each sense of the phrase. These are the folks that have misplaced the lives of family members and actually the pores and skin off of their our bodies, not to point out the tens of millions of {dollars} they have been owed, as they share their tales about Girardi and how he might have damage them in main methods. Hearing their firsthand accounts is sobering and stunning, and fairly frankly, in no way enjoyable.

Legal consultants and those who have labored with Girardi additionally paint a clear image about how influential he was in his profession, particularly in some very high-level locations, and give extra background on the man who claimed to be very camera-shy on RHOBH. You’ll have to make your individual guesses as to his motives or potential psychological decline, however both means, it’s fairly tough.

Which brings us again to Staub, not fairly the greatest authority on this matter, although neither are podcast hosts Dana Wilkey, who some might bear in mind from early seasons of RHOBH, and Heather McDonald, who additionally chime in. Wilkey acts as some type of professional on Erika, which…okay? If you say so? Of course the current authorized troubles of Jen Shah from The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey are talked about right here (which, look, three is a development), and so those that are basic crime doc followers or don’t watch Housewives will definitely be intrigued by this story. But these with any discernment gained’t.

It’s not simple to watch again clips of the Bravo present or earlier interviews the place Erika talks about cash and offers excursions of her overflowing closet. If you’re questioning how that appears on this context, properly, a clever girl as soon as mentioned, “Not well, bitch!” It feels very bitter to have a look at her trend, life-style, music profession, and basic self-righteousness about all of it by means of this lens. As you may think about, the footage of Tom proven right here in relation to his marriage and her involvement on the present can be not a nice look.

However, The Housewife and the Hustler is actually an necessary supplemental watch to these of us which are going to have our eyes vast open with regard to what’s to come on the present. I’ve been skeptical about how a lot they are going to really present or clarify due to Erika’s basic closed-offness we’ve gotten used to in previous seasons, not to point out the wildly delicate nature of this example. But this documentary made me imagine that possibly RHOBH will probably be the place the place we get the most info on this case, outdoors of the courtroom. At least we’ll have the ability to see for ourselves how she’s dealing with all of it, what her reactions are, and um…what she’s sporting?

Again, there’s not a lot of concrete proof introduced right here with regard to Erika and her potential involvement, which stays a thriller and possibly much more so after this documentary. It ought to be about the individuals which have been and are nonetheless at present struggling. What is crystal clear is Tom’s energy and impression, and precisely how detrimental his actions have been to so many individuals that trusted him. The backside line is that beneath the jewels and designer garments and heavily-edited snippy arguments, this isn’t a enjoyable state of affairs. Your coronary heart will break for the individuals which have been wronged, and whereas it stays to be seen if Erika is one of them, she is most actually not the worst off on this matter. The solely factor we are able to know for positive is that there’s no cause to ever embrace Danielle Staub.

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