The man wanted more than just friendship despite her not seeing him as anything more than a friend and repeatedly telling him so.
We have all seen romantic relationships grow sour or turn messy and marriages that ended in divorce. In a unique case, a woman is facing legal trouble for a romantic rejection. A Singaporean man had more than just friendship in his mind when he met a woman but he ended up getting friend-zoned and could not accept it graciously.
Mr. K. Kawshigan slapped a lawsuit against his love interest, Ms. Nora Tan, after she rejected his proposal and told him that she only considers him to be a friend. According to The Straits Times, the duo met in 2016 and by 2020, Mr. K says that he started believing their relationship was deep enough to call her his "closest friend."
But Ms. Nora wanted her "buddy" to take things a bit slow and reduce spending time with each other. She wanted to have her boundaries respected and hoped that it would be beneficial for a healthy friendship. But Mr. K was possibly heartbroken by his love interest’s friendly intentions and he went on to threaten her with legal action.
In a letter given to Ms. Nora, it was stated that he was entitled to "monetary damages arising from negligent infliction of emotional distress and possible defamation." The woman revealed that Mr. K's intentions had made her feel uncomfortable and then he eventually gave her an ultimatum. As per the outlet, Ms. Nora was told to either comply with his terms and give in to his desires or suffer in her personal and professional endeavors.
Both parties remained firm in their decision and despite Ms. Tan refusing to get into a relationship with Mr. K, she agreed to go to counseling sessions to help him move past the idea of them having a future together. But all the efforts were futile as Mr. K was unable to get over his unrequited love even after 18 months of trying.
So Ms. Tan did what any other woman would do in this situation and decided to stop speaking to Mr. K because she "no longer wanted to deal with his requests for increased interaction and his inability to respect her personal boundaries."
Mr. K retaliated by doing the unexpected. He sued Ms. Tan for $3 million. By launching two lawsuits in the High Court, Mr. K claimed that Ms. Tan’s rejection has damaged his reputation and disturbed his busy professional routine and that he has had to look for "deeper psychological assistance." He also claimed he lost his earning capacity and business partnerships because of the distress he was suffering because of Ms. Tan's negligence.
He further demanded to be remunerated for the "costs incurred in rehabilitation and therapy programs to overcome the trauma he suffered." Mr. K did not cease his legal jargon there and also sued Ms. Tan for $22,000 for a "magistrate's court claim" over allegations that she had breached an agreement to improve their relationship, reports The Independent.
Thankfully, the court's decision was sensible and they shut down Mr. K's allegations because it was "manifestly groundless and without foundation."
"This court will not be an accessory to his calculated attempt to compel engagement from the defendant who, after years of massaging the claimant's unhappiness, has finally decided to stand up to his threats rather than cower and give in to his demands," State Courts deputy registrar Lewis Tan declared.