Erika Girardi, known professionally as Erika Jayne, is an American singer, television personality, and actress.
Erika Chahoy was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. At 18 she moved to New York City to purse an acting and singing career. In the mid 1990s she made a handful of guest spots on TV shows. She eventually found her way to Los Angeles.
At some point in the late 1990s Erika – then still going by her birth name Erika Chahoy, began working at a bar/restaurant in Beverly Hills called Chasen's. A lawyer named Tom Girardi was one of the restaurant's co-owners.
Tom Girardi earned a considerable fortune as a founding partner of Girardi & Keese, a downtown Los Angeles litigation firm specializing in consumer malpractice cases. In 1970 Girardi became famous for being the first attorney to win a settlement worth more than a $1 million for a medical malpractice case in the state of California.
Over the ensuing decades Tom took on cases against companies such as Lockheed Corp, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Pacific Gas & Electric Co., earning billions in judgments along the way. Girardi also took on the seven major movie studios in Hollywood. His famous case against Pacific Gas & Electric was the inspiration for the movie Erin Brockovich, and awarded $333 million to 650 residents in Hinkley, CA.
At some point around 2007 Erika decided to jump-start a music career. In 2007 she released a track titled "Roller Coaster". The single went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. She released a full-length debut album titled "Pretty Mess" in August 2009.
Tom funded all the best resources for Erika's music career. Tom and Erika hired Michael Jackson's choreographer, RuPaul's costume designer and a songwriter/producer Andreas Carlsson who penned hits for Stevie Nicks, the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Katy Perry Britney Spears and Madonna, among many others.
Impressively, Erika would go on to release nine singles that hit #1 on the US Billboard Dance Chart. Her music has been featured in films like "The Watch". "The Neighbor", and reality show "Toddlers and Tiaras". Erika embarked on a tour of Asia and developed something of a small cult following.
Erika and Tom began dating in the late 1990s. At the time she was in her late 20s, he was in his 60s. Erika and Tom married in 2000 at the Los Angeles Country Club. At the time of their marriage, Tom was in the midst of a battle with his first wife over communal assets.
According to court filings in the divorce case with wife #1, at the time Tom's monthly income was $263,000. Erika and Tom reportedly did not sign a prenup.
Tom and Erika announced their separation in November 2020, after 21 years of marriage.
Erika Jayne is an American actor, singer and reality television star who has a net worth of $5 million. Erika Jayne has had some success a singer of dance/club tracks, but is probably best-known for being a cast member on the Bravo reality television series "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills".