NFL Star Sues Ex for the 10-Carat Diamond Ring
HOUSTON (CN) - Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams sued his ex-fiancee for the $785,000, 10-carat diamond engagement ring he bought her before she dumped him.
Williams sued Erin Marzouki in Harris County Court.
"During the parties' relationship, on or about December 12, 2011, plaintiff purchased a $785,000 diamond engagement ring from Valobra Master Jewelers," the complaint states.
"The ring is a GIA certified radiant cut diamond weighing 10.04 carats, E color grade and VS2 clarity grade. On February 19, 2012, plaintiff gave the ring to defendant in contemplation of the parties' marriage. Defendant accepted the ring as gift made in contemplation of the parties' marriage.
"Further, during the parties' relationship, plaintiff provided defendant with an American Express credit card to use to pay her living expenses. Defendant incurred over $108,000 in charges on the American Express card between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.
"Further, during the parties' relationship, plaintiff purchased additional luxurious items in excess of $230,000 for the defendant."
But Williams claims that on Jan. 21 this year, less than a year after she agreed to marry him, Marzouki ended the engagement.
"The termination of the relationship was solely caused by defendant," the complaint states. "Defendant never intended to marry plaintiff and used the relationship as a means to get to plaintiff's money and acquire gifts. Defendant has absconded with the diamond engagement ring. Plaintiff has demanded that defendant return the diamond engagement ring, but defendant has failed and refused to do so."
Williams wants a restraining order and writ of sequestration to stop Mazourki from selling the ring.
He also seeks damages for conversion, fraud and violation of the Theft Liability Act.
The Houston Texans drafted Williams with the first pick in the 2006 NFL draft.
He signed a six-year deal with the Buffalo Bills in 2012, worth up to $100 million, with $50 million guaranteed. He left the Texans with franchise records in sacks, 53, and forced fumbles, 11.
He is represented by Monica Schulz Orlando with Orlando & Braun of Houston.