A man in Singapore has filed a £1.9 million lawsuit against a woman for "emotional trauma" after she declined to be his girlfriend, following a four-year friendship.
K Kawshigan, a director at drone company D1 Racing, has initiated two lawsuits against Nora Tan Shu Mei, alleging that her rejection of him resulted in harm to his "stellar reputation" and the loss of at least five business partnerships.
Ms. Tan has countersued, seeking reimbursement for expenses she incurred for securing her home and for counseling sessions, which she attributes to Mr. Kawshigan.
The woman claims she was compelled to install a digital door viewer, an alarm sensor, and a smart video doorbell for her own protection from the unwanted advances of the man, and is seeking approximately £900 to cover the expenses for the equipment and ongoing counseling.
According to Channel News Asia, a judgment by a magistrates' court published on January 28 indicates that after their friendship broke down when Ms. Tan informed Mr. Kawshigan that she only viewed him as a friend, he filed two lawsuits against her.
Mr. Kawshigan initially sued Ms. Tan for 22,000 Singapore dollars (approximately £13,700), alleging that she "breached an agreement" to enhance their relationship. However, this lawsuit was dismissed by the magistrates' court, which deemed it an abuse of process.
According to CNA, the court stated that it would not be complicit in Mr. Kawshigan's "calculated attempt to force engagement" from Ms. Tan.
Presently, Mr. Kawshigan has initiated a lawsuit against Ms. Tan in the Singapore High Court, seeking 3 million Singapore dollars (£1.9 million) for various damages he claims she caused, including the trauma he allegedly experienced when she informed him that she only viewed him as a friend.
According to a listing in the Singapore High Court, the case is slated for February 9th.
The two individuals met in 2016 and developed a friendship. They were reportedly both members of the Rotary Club of Bugis Junction.
However, Ms. Tan stated that the friendship started to deteriorate when they "became misaligned about how they saw their relationship."
Ms. Tan indicated that she communicated to Mr. Kawshigan that she viewed him solely as a friend, while he considered her his "closest friend." She later expressed a desire to decrease their social interactions.
Mr. Kawshigan, who serves as a director at drone racing company D1 Racing, has accused Ms. Tan of engaging in defamatory conduct against him in June 2019 and December 2020.
He alleges that she made false allegations, which were overheard by others present during their conversations. He further claims that Ms. Tan told him that she was feeling harassed by his actions, which included blocking her path at her doorstep.
Mr. Kawshigan also asserts that she defamed him by making loud statements, "He is unnecessarily serving court documents to me personally and he has not tried other ways available to him."
He stated that she made the remarks near a microphone in July 2022, and as a result, they were heard by others in close proximity.
He alleges that Ms. Tan's actions have damaged his "stellar reputation," and have resulted in "trauma" and "depression" over the past two years.
He further alleges that he has lost five business partnerships due to ongoing conflicts and now faces difficulties in acquiring new clients.
As per the information obtained by CNA, in her counter-suit, Ms. Tan has refuted a significant portion of Mr. Kawshigan's allegations.
According to her, from November 2016 to September 2020, they started having disagreements and differing perspectives, leading to a deterioration of their relationship.
She claims that this was the time when she requested to have fewer interactions and meetings with him and informed Mr. Kawshigan that they were just friends when he sought clarification on the status of their friendship.
According to her, following this, she did not reply to his attempts at mediation.
Ms. Tan claims that in October 2020 she learned that Mr. Kawshigan had appeared at her home and informed her that he had filed court papers against her.
Ms. Tan alleges that after the breakdown of their friendship, she was approached by a woman claiming to be Mr. Kawshigan's counselor. According to Ms. Tan, she took part in joint counseling sessions with Mr. Kawshigan and the woman until May 2021. Similarly, she claims that she agreed to participate in joint "healing" sessions from November 2021 to May 2022 after being contacted by someone claiming to be Mr. Kawshigan's healer.
According to CNA, Mr. Kawshigan's suit was brought before the high court when Ms. Tan declined to continue communication with him, which he claimed compelled him to escalate the situation.
Ms. Tan claims she was informed of the high court case by a journalist and received emails from individuals claiming to be Mr. Kawshigan's legal representatives.
Ms. Tan claims that in July 2022, Mr. Kawshigan showed up at her house with a woman and wouldn't depart even after she asked him to.
Ms. Tan claims that much of Mr. Kawshigan's actions were aimed at causing her harassment and distress and forcing her to communicate with him. She says that the defamatory comments she allegedly made are protected by the "fair comment" defense, according to CNA.