Indian American hotelier and man-about-town Vikram Chatwal has sued his fiancée, Spanish former supermodel Esther Cañadas, for the cost of a diamond and emerald engagement ring after their engagement plans went on the rocks.
According to a report in the International Business Times, Cañadas is being sued for allegedly ditching him and keeping the $300,000 engagement ring he had bought for her.
Chatwal’s father, Sant Singh Chatwal, is the founder of Hampshire Hotels; Vikram Chatwal launched Chatwal Hotels, whose flagship is the trendy Dream Hotel in New York City.
At one point labeled one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, Chatwal married Indian model Priya Sachdev in an elaborate, multi-million-dollar wedding in 2006 that took place in three Indian cities and was attended by 600 guests from 26 countries who were transported on private chartered jets.
After Chatwal and Sachdev parted ways in 2011, he was romantically linked with models Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss, as well as troubled Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan. He proposed to Cañadas in New York City in September of 2013.
The complaint filed in court reads in part: “The plaintiff, Vikram Chatwal, believed his dream had come true when the 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.” He is suing her for $313,560 plus interest, costs, disbursements and legal fees.