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Posted by on May. 24, 2012 at 3:15 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan Man Suing Ex-Fiancee Because She Refused To Say ‘I Do’

Steven Silverstein Demands Kendra Platt-Lee Pay Part Of Wedding Expenses


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Steven Silverstein is suing his ex-fiancee for costs associated with their planned wedding. (Photo: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — She was sued for saying “I don’t.”

A Manhattan executive is dragging his ex-fiancée to court after she failed to walk down the aisle.

As CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reported exclusively, he wants her to pay tens of thousands of dollars for those broken promises.

Steven Silverstein should be talking about his upcoming nuptials to Kendra Platt-Lee, set for September at a Long Island hotel. Instead, he’s fending off questions about his lawsuit against her.

When asked how difficult of a decision it was to sue, Silverstein said “ah, it was very difficult. I’ll leave it at that, very difficult.”

The suit claims Platt-Lee took the money and ran when she broke off the engagement last month.

“I was blindsided, I will say that,” Silverstein said.

The 29-year-old wouldn’t say much but his lawsuit speaks volumes, claiming the two opened a joint account at Chase bank “…to equally split the costs of all wedding expenses.”

From that account the couple paid rent for their Upper East Sideapartment and deposits for the wedding venue, band, photographer and videographer, and the flowers.

However, when Platt-Lee told her fiancé she wished to call off the planned wedding, she allegedly withdrew more than $54,000 the same day from their joint account “in excess of her entitlement.”

“I was with him on and off for about four years, so it’s little shocking,” Platt-Lee said.

But on Wednesday night from San Diego, Calif., Platt-Lee said she gave back the engagement ring and doesn’t owe anyone anything.

“I think a break-up is really emotional. We’ve broken up twice now, so I can just speculate that he’s hurt,” Platt-Lee said.

Besides back rent, the suit also demands the withdrawal overage and more than $16,000 in wedding-related costs, totaling more than $61,000, plus interest.

“A lot of legal problems in this,” matrimonial attorney Raoul Felder said.

Felder said there’s only one way to protect yourself when love is lost.

“You take a pen and paper and you write down everything — who gets what in case it falls apart because many of these things do fall apart,” Felder said.

Silverman’s lawyer told Hennessey on Wednesday night that case law and the state statute are on their side but a marriage attorney said while this is an interesting case it certainly won’t be clear cut because nothing is in writing.


by on May. 24, 2012 at 3:15 PM
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jerzeetomato
by Bronze Member on May. 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I say he is.  She had no business cleaning out the account until everything was cancelled, paid, sold, re-rented, or whatever else had to be done.  

Leelee1008
by Member on May. 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

shes wrong, she called it off and if it was was his money well she wasnt entitled to it. Had they of been married, its community property.

dusky_rose
by Sue on May. 25, 2012 at 1:09 PM

IDK, I don't have enough info to decide. Who knows who put what amount into that joint account?


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MamaMandee
by Mandee on May. 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Good point! Still wrong of her! 

Quoting dusky_rose:

IDK, I don't have enough info to decide. Who knows who put what amount into that joint account?


starreyedcutie
by Member on May. 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM
She's wrong!
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Bob192
by Member on May. 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

What a rough situation!!  I'm sure he's so embarrassed.  But I'd want my money back too!  It's good he found out before they were married how she is.

TheJerseyGirl
by on May. 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

 I agree!

Quoting jerzeetomato:

I say he is.  She had no business cleaning out the account until everything was cancelled, paid, sold, re-rented, or whatever else had to be done.  

 

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ceciliam
by on May. 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM

I think she is wrong.

countrygirlkat
by Member on May. 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I think she is wrong.  When she called off the wedding they should have used that money first to pay for all debts they had together whether that be wedding cancellation costs or rent on a joint lease or whatever.  Only after that was all paid off then they should have decided how to split any remaining money based on who put what amount in and such. 

jerzeetomato
by Bronze Member on May. 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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So the correct thing to do would have been to pay any bills necessary due to the cancellation, make sure the rent, etc., on their JOINT lease was properly addressed, and then divide what was left over according to who deposited what.

Quoting dusky_rose:

IDK, I don't have enough info to decide. Who knows who put what amount into that joint account?


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