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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Top model Esther Canadas sued over $300,000 engagement ring

Published 24/03/2014|22:03

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MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 17:  Esther Canadas attends the "Fundaction Privada Samuel Eto'o" Charity Event  Red Carpet on March 17, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Esther Canadas attends the "Fundaction Privada Samuel Eto'o" Charity Event Red Carpet on March 17, 2011 in Milan, Italy

Former top model Esther Cañadas is being sued by her multi-millionaire ex-fiancé after she refused to hand back $300,000 (€217,000) engagement ring.

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According to the New York Post, Ethiopia-born hotelier Vikram Chatwal submitted his case at the Manhattan Supreme Court to try and retrieve the eight-carat emerald and diamond ring. 

The paper reports that lawsuit filed by the 42-year-old reads: "The plaintiff, Vikram Chatwal, believed his dream had come true when defendant, Esther Cañadas, accepted his marriage proposal, but his dream morphed into a nightmare when upon the termination of the engagement, the defendant left the United States with the engagement ring as the spoils of the romance."

Spanish blonde Cañadas (37) became engaged to Chatwal, who has previously been romantically linked to models Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen, as well as actress Lindsay Lohan, in September of last year.

The former catwalk and campaign model has been married twice previously: to her DKNY model co-star, Mark Vanderloo, in 1999 and then to MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau in 2004, with whom she adopted a child.

Papers from Manhattan Supreme Court further reveal: "The relief sought is the return of the engagement ring from the Defendant or a money judgment of $313,560, plus interest, costs, disbursements and reasonable legal fees, along with such other and further relief as this court may deem just and proper.''

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