Breaking Off That Engagement Could Cost You $50,000

Steep penalty after buying a ring but not marrying

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Be careful guys, buying a gal a diamond ring and then not tying the knot could come at a steep price.

A Georgia man who argued in court that his engagement was a form of prostitution must cough up $50,000 for cheating on his ex-fiance after she said he promised to marry her, a state court recently ruled. Christopher Ned Kelley had lived with his former fiancee Melissa Cooper for more than a decade, fathered her child, and given her a $10,000 ring, WOKV reports. Cooper quit her job to raise their child, thinking that Kelley would provide for his family. But when she found out Kelley had cheated on her for a second time, she kicked him out and sued him for fraud and for “breach of promise to marry.”

Kelley claimed in court that he never intended to marry Cooper — except for that part where he gave her a ring and a baby. “I never initiated the concept of marriage with her, outside of giving her that ring,” he said. “I never said the words ‘will you marry me’ to her.”

Instead, Kelley argued, their relationship was basically prostitution, since he paid for things and Cooper had sex with him.

The court didn’t buy the “she’s a prostitute,” defense, and ruled in Cooper’s favor on Nov. 22.