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A boulder topped with a pink ribbon and covered in a spray-painted message: "Happy birthday, Isa." sits in the driveway of Isabelle Prevost, Monday, August 15, 2011, in Acton Vale, Que. The 20-ton stone was left there as a gift by Dany Lariviere, her ex-husband and mayor of a nearby municipality, following lengthy divorce proceedings.

The small-town mayor who gave his ex-wife an immense boulder has taken back his unwanted gift.

Dany Larivière, the mayor of Saint-Théodore-d'Acton who took revenge on his ex by blocking her driveway with the truck-sized stone, removed it accompanied by police officers and a helper, witnesses said.

Mr. Larivière, who owns an excavation company, had pretended the multi-ton rock was an honest gift, bigger than any diamond, before finally admitting Monday that he felt harassed by the demands of his former wife, Isabelle Provost.

The gesture reignited three years of acrimony between the pair, who exchanged accusations of abuse after the stone became a media sensation.

The Sûreté du Québec has wrapped up an investigation and sent the file to Crown prosecutors. Mr. Larivière risked being charged with harassment and mischief. Both Ms. Prévost and Mr. Larivière met with investigators on Monday, according to SQ spokeswoman Valérie Bolduc.

"For the moment, the two people must respect certain conditions, including not to be in contact with one another," Ms. Bolduc said.

Mr. Larivière painted the stone with a birthday greeting – "Bonne Fête Isa! XX" – and put a pink ribbon on top before delivering the 20-ton block with a front-end loader under cover of darkness early Monday morning.

Mr. Larivière, who seemed happy to recount the gesture on Monday, did not return calls on Tuesday.

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