Television Producer Sues Ex-Fiancée For $300,000 Engagement Ring
Whether or not a woman is required to give back the ring following a broken engagement is a debate that has always garnered mixed feelings. While some feel that a woman should absolutely give the ring back if the couple never makes it down the aisle, others disagree. But if you ask former “Name That Tune” producer, Sandy Frank, he’ll tell you that the woman is totally obligated to hand the ring back over.
According to the New York Daily News, the 84-year-old producer is suing his 66-year-old ex-fiancée, Patricia Berg, for the $300,000 engagement ring that he proposed to her with in April of 2009. In the lawsuit, Frank says that the 7.23 carat, cushion-cut diamond ring was never returned when the couple broke off their engagement just four months after his proposal. His attorney Suzanne Bracker argues that Berg and Frank had “a very short-term relationship and he was extremely generous to her;” however, the ring was “conditional gift” that should have been returned.
“He was a gentleman and she should behave as a lady,” Bracker continued. “A lady does not keep what does not belong to her.”
It’s not really clear why Frank waited so long to sue over the ring, but since his broken engagement he married another woman. That relationship, however, didn’t seem to work out either. In 2010 the former couple found themselves in criminal court in relation to an incident where they threw drinking glasses at one another. Unsurprisingly, they later divorced.
Do you believe the engagement ring should be returned if a couple never makes it down the aisle?