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.