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How did you learn about his past? Can you get anything off the internet that might be derogatory about him and cast him in a bad light? If not, you will boil down to a case where it is your word against his regarding whether or not the trip was a birthday gift to you and did not have to be repaid -- and you will most likely have to bring your daughter to court with you to testify to that same point to the judge simply to convince the judge that you never agreed to pay for anything and would not have gone on the trip if you had known he was going to require you to pay him back for anything. If you have any emails or texts from him talking about the trip beforehand and he never mentions payment, then those will be helpful also.
The legal doctrine on this matter holds that if something was a gift for any holiday, birthday or anniversary from one person to another then the person who made the payment has no grounds to seek reimbursement for anything if the relationship goes bad (this is similar to when an engagement breaks off and the couple fight over the return of the ring -- the courts consistently hold that if it was given as a gift for an occasion then it does not have to be returned). So, you have solid legal grounds here and so long as you can show something to the court that you never agreed to pay for anything (I believe your daughter as a witness will do), then you should have no problem winning this case against him. My feeling here is he is simply trying to scare you into either paying him back or going on the other trip with him.
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