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REAL Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne was showing "real emotion" as she sobbed over her friends turning on her after she lost most of her fortune following her divorce from Tom Girardi, a body language expert revealed.
The reality TV star has denied being involved and even knowing about her ex's alleged embezzling of his former legal clients.
In an emotional scene on last week's episode of RHOBH, Erika revealed to Kyle Richards that she felt lonely as many of her friends had abandoned her when she traded her massive mansion for a three-bedroom home.
"You would be shocked at how quickly people turn on you, how quickly people distance themselves from you, automatically they turn because they don't want to be involved," she told her friend as tears streamed down her face.
"They were there when it was good though."
The 50-year-old housewife then proceeded to wipe the tip of her nose with her hand and look down before looking into the distance, shaking her head.
Though many fans slammed her on social media for only worrying about herself in this situation and possibly crying for the sake of the camera, two body language experts stand by the notion that her emotions were real.
Jason Lee, a former professional poker player of ten years who excelled by reading his opponent's body language, told The Sun exclusively: "All signs point to genuine emotion.
"Her speech patterns line up with her body language and there don't seem to be any overtly forced gestures that would indicate some form of untruthfulness."
Margaret J. King, Ph.D., director at The Center for Cultural Studies & Analysis, supported Lee's comments and added: "She’s actually responding genuinely to the memory, for two reasons: she looks down as she’s visualizing it and she’s wiping her nose because the runny nose is involuntary response.
"When you can fake tears, you can’t fake the runny-nose response; that’s genuine emoting."
And as for her body language when she was not speaking? Lee revealed there's also a meaning behind it.
"What's most interesting to me, though, is that the main emotion I'm seeing isn't sadness – it's anger," he said.
"The slow head shake at the end and the firm tone in her voice as she delivers her remarks sounds like those coming from a woman who isn't necessarily breaking down and sad about what's happening, but one who is expressing genuine anger at the situation.
"The real question is whether that anger is genuinely pointed at her husband or if it's pointed at the situation as a whole?
"The anger is real, but the cause holds the real secret."
ERIKA SPEAKS OUT
During Wednesday’s episode of RHOBH, Erika spoke to costars Kyle and Lisa Rinna as reports came out that she and Tom were being sued for embezzlement.
The Bravo star insisted she was “in the dark" about the claims, adding: “They're suing the firm and I’m being attached to it. I don’t know what happens from here. Some very bad things could happen.”
In a confessional, Erika said: “I don’t know why I would be named in the lawsuit I have nothing to do with it.”
She told her co-stars: “I’ve got more lawyers than I can f**king afford.”
Erika added in a confessional: “To be out here on your own and to have millions of dollars of lawsuits pointed at you is heavy.”
She then broke down in tears while talking to Kyle and Lisa as she said: “I didn’t do this!”
The RHOBH star announced her split from Tom back in early November after 21 years of marriage.
Erika and Tom married in 1999 after meeting at a bar in West Hollywood, where she was a cocktail waitress and he was a frequent patron.
A few days later, the lawsuit against Tom and Erika was made public, prompting fans to think she was running away before things got bad or she was trying to hide something.
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