A court has ordered a Brazilian man to pay $6,500 for saying “I don’t” to his former fiancée.
Rio de Janeiro state Judge Benedicto Abicair said that Marcelo de Azevedo Fernandes must pay for “moral and material” damages to Cristiane Costa de Andrade.
The couple were to have been married in September of 2007, but Fernandes called it off. The judge said in his ruling that Andrade’s “suffering, anguish and humiliation cannot be ignored.”
The fine is supposed to pay for the jilted woman’s wedding costs and visits to a psychologist.
The O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported there have been at least two similar cases since 2004. In that year, a judge in the state of São Paulo ordered a man to pay his fiancée $4,500 for getting cold feet days before the wedding.
A year later, a woman in Rio de Janeiro state received http://,000 after her fiancé decided not to get married 75 days before the wedding.