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Mario Williams suing to get engagement ring returned

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams is suing his former fiancee in order to get back a $785,000 engagement ring, according to court documents in Texas.

Attorneys for Williams filed a lawsuit Friday against Erin Marzouki, his former fiancee, in Harris County, Texas, state district court.

Marzouki appeared with Williams in Orchard Park the day he signed his $100 million contract with the Bills in March 2012.

Sought in the suit is the return of a 10.04 carat diamond ring. The attorneys are asking the court to obtain the ring from Marzouki and hold it until the suit is resolved, according to the petition to the court. Several Houston media outlets reported the suit earlier today.

The lawsuit contends that Marzouki “unilaterally terminated” the engagement on Jan. 21, 2013, and has refused Williams’ request to return the diamond engagement ring, which she had promised to do if the engagement ended. The petition also contends she never intended to marry Williams and used the relationship as a means to acquire money and gifts.

The petition further states that Williams provided Marzouki with an American Express credit card to use to pay her living expenses, and that she incurred more than $108,000 in charges on it from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012. He also purchased additional gifts for her worth in excess of $230,000, his lawyers report.

WIlliams' contract with the Bills contained $50 million in guaranteed money. He is entering his second season with the Bills.

In March 2012, Mario Williams brought his fiancee, Erin Marzouki, with him to sign his contract with the Buffalo Bills. Their engagement has since ended, and Williams is suing for the return of a $785,000 engagement ring, according to court documents in Texas. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)


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