The story of a San Diego woman and a jilted fiancé is gaining national attention as a local legal expert weighs in about the unique law that could decide the case.
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San Diegan Kendra Platt-Lee and New Yorker Steven Silverstein were set to walk down the aisle, but the ceremony never happened.
The two met in 2008. He is a business consultant while she is a flight attendant. Soon, they were living in an upscale Manhattan apartment.
When Silverstein popped the question, he did it with a $32,000 engagement ring. She said yes but recently changed her mind.
"In my heart, I just didn't feel like it was right," Platt-Lee told the show "Inside Edition."
She moved back to San Diego and called it off over the phone. Platt-Lee returned the ring and then allegedly cleaned out their joint $54,000 bank account.
In a lawsuit, Silverstein says $20,000 of that is his. He is also suing for half of what has already been spent on the wedding: $13,000. That amount also includes the wedding gown. He also wants $27,000 for the rent when they were living together. The total comes to about $60,000.
On the "Today" show, Silverstein talked about the frustration.
"She just ripped my heart out of my chest as well as ripped away my bank account," he said.
Platt-Lee, who moved back to a San Diego apartment, was not home when 10News showed up but she did sound off on "Inside Edition" about the suit.
"I think it's shocking," she said. "It's just petty to me."
However, Silverstein does have a case.
Attorney Dan Gilleon successfully defended San Diego Padres star Brian Giles in a suit filed by ex-fiancée. He said Silverstein likely will not get back the rent money, but a New York law could work in his favor.
"In New York, if you're dumped at the altar, you can get back any property and any money you gave to the other person in reliance upon that promise to marry," said Gilleon.
That is a promise one woman is glad she broke.
"I'm just so thankful I'm not marrying this man," said Platt-Lee.
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