A runaway bride has been sued by her jilted husband for allegedly making off with $72,000 worth of wedding gifts just two days after getting married.
A lawsuit filed by Kevin Li, of Brooklyn, N.Y., claims his 33-year-old wife, Amy Chan, walked out shortly after the exchange of nuptials, cutting off all communication with him while taking cash, checks and presents that were wedding gifts for the couple.
Along with a $24,000, two-carat diamond engagement ring, the lawsuit claims Chan has retained possession of various wedding gifts, including two diamond necklaces, three gold necklaces, a gold ring and a gold bracelet, reported the New York Post
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The couple had been dating for a year when Chan became pregnant, according to Manhattan Supreme Court papers.
After getting engaged, Li claimed, Chan refused to wed legally fearing their combined incomes would make her ineligible for a studio apartment she was presently on a waiting list for in Manhattan's upscale Financial District.
Instead, the couple celebrated their union by hosting a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony for friends and relatives at a popular Chinatown dim sum restaurant.
Within days of the event, Li claimed, Chan left telling him that she was going to spend the night at her parent's house. She never returned.
One week later, Chan formally dumped Li, and then returned to their Brooklyn home to remove more gifts, according to court papers.
In addition to the other gifts, a $36,500 "betrothal" payment which Li paid to Chan's mother and was supposed to be returned after the couple wed, is among the items the jilted husband is hoping to get back through the lawsuit.
In an interview with the Post, Chan disputed the claims made in the lawsuit.
"He’s lying," Chan said referring to her husband. "He is a devil."
According to Chan, it was Li who was responsible for cutting off communications.
Chan further alleged that Li in fact still has possession of the wedding presents and cash gifts given by her relatives during the wedding ceremony, describing him as a deadbeat dad who doesn't care about their twin boys.
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"What I got myself into was a disaster relationship," she said bitterly. "He took everything [from] my relatives. They gave me tons of money, that [he] took. If he won’t give that back, I’m not giving him back anything. He’s not a human being."
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