Woman who turned down older man’s offer of marriage stunned by itemised £115,000 bill for everything he’s ever spent on her

Okay. So are you one of those who want to eat your cake and still have it? Watch out! This old dude was having none of it. LOL! I wonder how she hopes to wriggle out of this mess.


  • Marie Lacombe says she and Bruce Dusting were only ever good friends
  • But he says she led him on to get him to loan her more and more cash
  • Now he says the stress of the ‘break up’ means he’ll never dance again



A woman who turned down a marriage proposal from a well-to-do suitor was shocked when he handed a bill of more than £115,000 for everything he claims to have spent on her.

Single mother Marie Lacombe, 42, from Melbourne, Australia, says she and 65-year-old Bruce Dusting were never romantically involved.

But it seems he felt differently about their relationship, claiming she led him on to extract money from him to fund Zumba classes, shopping trips and even cosmetic surgery.

Marie Lacombe

Bruce Dusting, 65

Messy: Marie Lacombe, 42, was handed a AU$200,000 bill by Bruce Dusting after she turned down his marriage proposal. He says she led him on but she insists that the pair were never more than good friends

A tearful Mr Dusting told Nine Network’s A Current Affair: ‘This Marie has just destroyed every thought of humanity that I’ve had for other people.’

Ms Lacombe met Mr Dusting four years ago when she began teaching him dance. The pair became good friends, with Mr Dusting taking her for dinner and visiting her home regularly.

But things between them turned sour when he asked for her hand in marriage – and she turned him down.

Now he has handed her an itemised bill outlining every single penny he ever gave her or spent on her behalf, which amounts to a hefty AU$200,000 (£116,638).


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