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Man Sues Woman For “Damaging Rep” By Remaining Only Friends

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A man in Singapore named K Kawshigan filed two lawsuits against a woman, Nora Tan, who rejected him. He claims she caused him “emotional trauma” after she told him she wanted to be just friends.

According to the Singapore news site, The Strait Times, K. Kawshigan, a director of a drone company D1 Racing, threatened to sue Nora Tan when she refused to date him. At first, he postponed the lawsuit after she agreed to go to counselling sessions with him, which she attended for one and a half years.

Kawshigan met Tan in 2016, but she declined his continued romantic proposals and cut off contact with him after which he filed two lawsuits against Tan.

One of the two lawsuits was filed in the high court asking $2.3 million for causing “damage to his stellar reputation” and “trauma, depression and impacts” to his life. The second lawsuit was filed in the magistrate’s court with a claim of $16,700 for violating an agreement to enhance their relationship after she stopped participating in counselling sessions, as per the court documents extracted by Channel News Asia.

Deputy registrar Lewis Tan dismissed the second lawsuit, describing it as “manifestly groundless and without foundation” and said the court would not be linked to Kawshigan’s “calculated attempt to compel engagement” from Tan.

The court decided that both individuals were friendly when they met in 2016, but their friendship ended in 2020 due to miscommunication regarding the nature of their relationship- with Kawshigan viewing their relationship as romantic.

Tan considered they were friends, while Kawshingan saw her as his “closest friend” and was shocked when she wanted to take a step back from their social engagements and urged him to be “self-reliant”. He then sent Tan a letter claiming “monetary damage arising from negligent infliction of emotional distress and possible defamation” and proceeded with the lawsuit.

In April 2022, Tan filed a harassment suit against Kawshingan and stopped going to counselling sessions. Kawshingan continued to pursue her, mentioning the potential suit in text messages. She cut contact with him completely on May 19.

Kawshigan filed the high court lawsuit against Tan in July, saying she had told third parties that he had harassed her, causing damage to his “stellar reputation” and “trauma, depression and impacts” to his life.

In August, the now-rejected magistrate’s suit was filed.

“Tan after years of massaging the claimant’s unhappiness has finally decided to stand up to his threats rather than cower and give in to his demands”, the judgment released on Saturday, stated.

A case conference for the high court suit is to take place on February 9.

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