Woman Must Return $40,000 Engagement Ring to Ex-Fiance, Judge Rules

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Rodney Ripley won his five-year battle to get the ring back.

A Wisconsin man has won a five-year battle to get back a $40,000 engagement ring from his ex-fiancee.

After 54-year-old Rodney Ripley popped the question to Jennifer Rutten, 50, on New York City's Brooklyn Bridge in December 2011, their relationship quickly went downhill.

But when Ripley asked for the engagement ring back, she refused, The New York Post reported. So Ripley sued her.

Following years of back and forth in court — in which Rutten accused Ripley of harassment and even abuse — a judge finally ruled on Aug. 28 that Rutten must return the ring, saying she had presented no evidence to support her allegations.

She has 45 days to do so, or pay Ripley the $39,057.10 he spent on the rock, according to The Post.