Lawyer for Lion Air crash victims criticizes Diana Jenkins press release


Edelson PC, the law firm suing Tom Girardi and Erika Jayne on behalf of the families of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash victims, believes Diana Jenkins’ press release regarding her $100,000 donation to their cause was inappropriate.

“While Ms. Jenkins may be well-meaning, we do not believe that issuing a press release and soliciting donations from the public without having done the necessary steps is an appropriate way to proceed,” said company founder Jay. Edelson at Page Six. exclusively.

“That being said, we hope this is not a publicity stunt and will reserve judgment until we hear directly from her.”

In August, Edelson PC paid at least $2 million to the five families allegedly defrauded by Girardi’s former company, Girardi & Keese, according to Reuters.

Diana Jenkins on a red carpet.
Edelson PC, the law firm representing the families of the victims of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash, called Diana Jenkins for issuing a press release about her $100,000 donation.
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“As we previously announced, we have compensated the victims and are involved in ongoing litigation with those we believe were involved in the Girardi Ponzi scheme to both recover our money and hopefully obtain additional damages for Lion Air customers,” Edelson tells us.

“To the extent that legitimate efforts are made to provide donations [by Jenkins]100% will go directly to the victims.

The class action attorney said Jenkins, 49, did not contact the Chicago-based firm for help locating the five families affected by Girardi’s alleged crimes or those of any of the 184 other victims of the accident.

“Ms. Jenkins never contacted our company and other than what we have seen in the press, we know nothing of her intention to donate money to the victims of this horrific tragedy,” Edelson said.

Jay Edelson posing for a black and white photo.
Jay Edelson’s company issued a payment to crash victims who did not receive settlement money from Tom Girardi.

However, a spokesperson for Jenkins told Page Six that the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star’s donation has “nothing” to do with the pending lawsuits and is raising funds through “genuine sympathy for the victims”.

“Ms. Jenkins feels badly for the families of the 189 people who lost their lives and is taking steps to provide them with support,” the Bosnian-born philanthropist’s representative said.

“This has nothing to do with past or ongoing litigation. It is simply a way for Ms. Jenkins, the Sunela Foundation and its non-profit partner GVNG to support the families of the victims.

Indonesian officials remove debris from the crash site of Lion Air Flight 610.
In October 2018, all 189 people on board Lion Air Flight 610 died.

Jenkins’ spokesperson said no decision has been made on whether they will contact Edelson PC to reach the families of crash victims, but they are working with GVNG, a digital non-profit organization organization that helps Bravolebrity in its fundraising efforts.

“All funds raised for the victims of Flight 610 will be collected, saved and distributed by GVNG to the immediate family members of the 189 people who lost their lives,” the representative added. “Details on how family members can request this support from GVNG will be released in the coming months.”

According to a campaign page, the Sunela Foundation raised a total of $100,153.87 on Wednesday afternoon, with the majority of the contributions coming from Jenkins herself.

Erika Jayne, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Garcelle Beauvais, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Diana Jenkins, Kathy Hilton, Sutton Stracke and Dorit Kemsley standing around a table on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
Jenkins’ donation was also an affront to the co-stars who “never seem to do anything to help.”
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On Monday, the reality TV star took to Instagram to encourage her followers to donate as well.

“I am blessed to have the ability to help people who are hurting,” she wrote. “If you want to help victims, please visit SunelaFoundation dot org. #rhobh #GVNG.

Page Six exclusively learned last week that Jenkins apparently had another motive for helping the victims of the Lion Air crash: to search his “RHOBH” castmates — but not Jayne.

“It’s not a dig at Erika,” a source close to Jenkins previously said.

“It’s actually meant to send a message to cast members who have expressed support for Tom’s alleged victims, but never seem to do anything to help them.”

Jayne, 51, has denied any wrongdoing. Her ex-husband, Girardi, 83, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in February 2021 and has not responded to the allegations made against him.



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