HOUSTON -- A former Houston Texans player and current Buffalo Bills defensive end is suing his ex-fiancée to get a nearly $800,000 engagement ring back.
Lawyers for Mario Williams, 28, filed the civil lawsuit against Erin Marzouki, 31, of Houston, on May 3 with the Harris County District Court.
Williams says Marzouki broke off the engagement after he gave her a diamond engagement ring worth $785,000. According to court documents, the radiant cut diamond weighs 10.04 carats and was purchased in December of 2011. Williams gave Marzouki the ring in February of 2012.
The lawsuit says the couple broke off their engagement in January of this year. The NFL star says so far, Marzouki has refused to give him back the ring.
According to the lawsuit, Williams says Marzouki "never intended to marry (him) and used the relationship as a means to get to (his) money and acquire gifts."
The civil suit also says Marzouki charged more than $108,000 on an American Express card Williams gave to her to use to pay for living expenses last year. Court documents also say Willaims purchased additional “luxurious items” for his then-fiancée in excess of $230,000.
Williams’ attorneys have cited the “conditional-gift rule” recognized by Texas courts to get the engagement ring back. Under that rule, the “plaintiff is entitled to recovery of the ring because (the) plaintiff provided such (a) diamond engagement ring to the defendant as a gift in contemplation of the parties’ marriage, and the engagement was terminated by (the) defendant.”