The following CNN news video is from HLN’s Dr. Drew show. It was added to the website on June 7, 2012. Kendra Platt-Lee was supposed to get married. She eventually decided to break it off, and the groom is now suing her. She calls him “groomzilla” because he wanted a lavish wedding ceremony.
This kind of lawsuit is pretty unlikely to work unless there was a specific agreement for Kendra to pay for a certain portion of the wedding arrangements. Of course, any person has the legal right to change his or her mind and break off an engagement. But agreements to pay for a wedding could still be binding. For example, Bride and Groom each agree to pay for a wedding cake 50/50. Groom pays first because Bride hasn’t gotten her paycheck yet. Before paying, Bride breaks off the engagement and refuses to pay her half of the wedding cake. In this case, Groom has a legal claim for half of that cake because it is based on contract law and essentially has nothing to do with matrimonial law.
On the other hand, if Kendra is telling the truth that the groom went out on his own to spend money for a lavish wedding, then she does not owe that money absent a specific agreement to pay a portion of it.
As far as Kendra’s interview, she gets really wishy washy when it comes to the tough questions. She seems to lack credibility. However, it is still up to the groom, as the plaintiff, to show that there was a specific agreement for her to pay what he says she owes him. If she testifies, Kendra is toast if she tries to answer questions the way she answered them to Dr. Drew.