A Singapore CEO has filed two lawsuits against a woman he romantically pursued after learning she only wanted to be friends – and is now reportedly seeking around $2.3million for heartbreak.
K. Kawshigan claims Nora Tan damaged her “stellar reputation” and said she brought “trauma, depression and impacts” into her life. He also asked for $22,000, or about US$16,800, in a lawsuit that has since been dismissed, claiming she had “broken an agreement” to improve their relationship.
A state court overturned the smaller lawsuit on Jan. 28, alleging Kawshigan made “patently baseless” claims that were “without merit” and took advantage of the legal process to “intentionally … vex or oppress the defendant”. Strait Times reported.
“This tribunal will not be complicit in [Kawshigan’s] a calculated attempt to force the recognizance of the defendant who, after years of massaging the displeasure of the plaintiff, finally decided to resist his threats rather than cower and give in to his demands,” wrote the Deputy Registrar of the Courts of ‘state, Lewis Tan, about business.
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But a preliminary hearing for the other lawsuit, where he is asking for $3 million in Singapore currency, remains set for February 9.
The Online Citizen identified Kawshigan as the CEO of D1 Racing – a drone racing competition – and the director of business development for AeroLion Technologies, a drone production company.
Kawshigan and Tan reportedly met in 2016 and became friends over time, but things took a turn for the worse in 2020 when Tan discovered they disagreed on whether to go further.
Tan considered Kawshigan nothing more than a friend, but he considered her his closest friend, according to the allegations. The discussion prompted Tan to try to limit their interactions afterwards, which upset Kawshigan.
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Tan tried to impress upon Kawshigan that he was causing her “genuine” discomfort and that she needed greater limits and restrictions on their interactions, according to Channel News Asia.
Tired of her advances over the next year and a half, Tan filed harassment proceedings against Kawshigan, but he indicated he was ready to take legal action against her – threatening to ‘aggravate your liability’ with a case he considered to have “a strong legal basis.”
Tan made an effort to improve their relationship per an agreement with Kawshigan, even attending counseling sessions for a year as a measure of good faith, but in the summer of 2022 she again tried to limit interactions.
She sent Kawshigan a list of “improvements” she wanted from him, which he used as the basis for claiming they had an agreement, which she broke.
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Kawshigan sued Tan on July 7, claiming he also lost his earning power and business partnerships as an “active capital-intensive trader by night and busy CEO by day,” in addition to therapy costs to overcome. his “trauma”.
Tan responded with an expedited protective order against Kawshigan.
“The body of evidence collectively reveals his tendency to use legalese and raise threats of litigation to compel the defendant to comply,” the clerk wrote in his judgment.
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“While he had won his case before, it appears that the defendant is now determined to resist his threats,” the clerk continued. “In the face of mounting evidence against him, the plaintiff has provided no evidence in his simple affidavit to illuminate the painted picture differently.”
The court instead ordered Kawshigan to pay Tan $14,000 (about $10,700) while the most important lawsuit remains set for its trial date.