Natasha Diamond-Walker, 27, was accused in court documents of pretending to be in love with prestigious Italian director Antonio Calenda and then dumping him once he had paid for her Manhattan home.
Miss Diamond-Walker, who performs with the Martha Graham Dance Company and studied at Fordham University, was painted as a gold-digger in the lawsuit.
The suit was filed on Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court for the cost of the one-bedroom condo plus seeking an extra $1 million in damages.
Mr Calenda’s lawyer, Marc Fitapelli told the New York Daily News: ‘She never had any intentions to repay our client and she abruptly severed their relationship as soon as she got what she wanted.’
The couple met while working on a project in Italy together last year. They began a 10-month romance where the young woman was showered with expensive gifts by the experienced director, who separated from his wife ten years ago.
The director of the acclaimed Teatro Stabile in Trieste, Italy purchased the condo for Miss Diamond-Walker in Manhattan’s affluent Upper West Side.
The Italian director is based in Rome but agreed to help Miss Diamond-Walker buy the apartment as long as the money be considered a loan and that they have a written agreement.
No payments were required until December 2018 – but then the amount is due in full.
An agreement was signed last July before the deal was completed on the apartment in September.
The dancer then ended the relationship, telling her older lover she ‘would never repay him’, according to the News.
Miss Diamond-Walker is currently on tour with the Martha Graham Dance Company at the International Dance Festival in Vali, Colorado.