A Melbourne woman who turned down a marriage proposal has been hit with a $200,000 bill for everything her partner supposedly spent on her during their alleged relationship.
Bruce Dusting, 65, befriended 42-year-old single mum Marie Lacombe when she was his dance teacher, A Current Affair reports.
Ms Lacombe denies being romantically involved with Mr Dusting, but he claims to have kept a list of every transaction he spent on her and her children during their relationship, including dental appointments, Zumba classes and shopping trips.
When Ms Lacombe turned down his marriage proposal, Mr Dusting sent her an invoice through his lawyers asking her to repay every cent – totalling more than $200,000.
"All of this was playing against my feelings to try and get more money for her – that's the way I see it," Mr Dusting said.
"I never gave her a thing, I loaned her money. I kept track of it."
But Ms Lacombe said despite one $25,000 loan, the rest was given to her out of kindness.
"When I moved into my house, he went and bought a bed for myself and for my children. I didn't ask him to do that," she said.
"At the end of the day… things took a turn for the worse when I said no to getting married to him. It was a shock to me."
Ms Lacombe also claims she worked as an office assistant for Mr Dusting but was never paid for her time.
"Where's my money for working for him for four years? When he can sit down and give me my pay back, we'll do the difference," she said.
Author: Emily Crane