The Houston surgeon who sued his ex-fiancée for a $73,000 engagement ring and for defaming him on Facebook has apologized and withdrawn the suit.
Craig Fischer, the chief of digestive surgical oncology at Methodist Hospital and an assistant professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, reached a settlement with his ex, Nichole Johnson.
As a part of the settlement, Fischer signed a formal statement apologizing for bringing the lawsuit and described it as "a big mistake.... I was wrong and should have never done it." He also agreed to pay $100,000 in attorney's fees for Johnson.
Fischer filed the suit in late September asking for the $73,000 ring he'd given Johnson plus $75,000 for rent and cash that he claimed were given in anticipation of marriage. However the text messages released by Johnson's attorney Tony Buzbee to CultureMap and other media outlets portrayed Johnson as the reasonable actor in trying to separate their financial entanglements and the doctor as emotional, rash and somewhat desperate to get back together.