A Georgia man has reportedly been ordered by a court to pay his former fiancee $50,000 for allegedly breaking his promise to marry her.
According to court documents obtained by WSB-TV, Christopher Ned Kelley allegedly promised to marry his fiancee, Melissa Cooper, but then ruined their relationship by cheating on her twice.
Kelley reportedly gave Cooper a $10,000 engagement ring, lived with her for more than 10 years and had a child with her. Cooper says she then quit her job to raise their kid.
“But when Cooper found out that Kelley had cheated on her for at least the second time, she asked him to move out and sued him for fraud and a ‘breach of promise to marry,’” the report states.
The defense in the case reportedly argued that Kelley was merely paying Cooper for sex, practically likening the relationship to prostitution. He also claimed that he was never really planning on marrying his fiancee and that he never said the words, “will you marry me.”
“A trial court ruled in Cooper’s favor, awarding damages and attorneys’ fees totaling $50,000. Kelley’s appeal of that ruling was rejected by the appeals court in November,” WSB-TV notes.