Ryan Leslie Was Ordered To Pay $1 Million Reward For His Recovered Stolen Laptop
Ryan Leslie was ordered to make good by given a reward to the person who returned his stolen laptop. In November 2012, Ryan’s laptop went missing during a performance in Germany.
He had put up a reward of $1 million to anyone who returned the computer, but he then didn’t keep his promise after a man named Armin Augestein found the hardware while walking his dog.
After Ryan Leslie failed to make good by paying the $1 million, Augestein filed a lawsuit against the musician. Yesterday, the jurors ruled against Ryan Leslie and ordered him to pay Augustein the reward in full.
“I’m very happy…that the American judicial system, which is so totally different from ours, functioned so well with a jury that are not professionals and are laymen,” he said in German through his lawyer Steven Thal. “No one forced him to make an offer of so much money for a finder’s fee… It seems like he believes that that which he promised, he doesn’t have to live up to.”
Leslie afterwards said that he was “not disappointed” with the verdict and planned to appeal. “The reasons I defended myself in the case are the same reasons I believe Mr. Augstein is not entitled to the reward,” Leslie said, who suggested that Augustein had something to do with the initial theft of the laptop.Photo credit: hiphopwired.com