Ryan Leslie Ordered To Pay $1 Million Reward For Recovered Stolen Laptop

A judge ordered for Ryan Leslie to make good on his promise to reward the person who returned his stolen laptop.

Back in November 2010, Ryan Leslie's laptop went missing during a performance in Germany. He put out the offer of a $1 million reward to anyone that returned the computer, but reneged on his promise after a man named Armin Augestein found the hardware while walking his dog.

After Leslie failed to make good on his promise to pay a cool million, Augustein filed a lawsuit against the musician. Yesterday, jurors ruled against Leslie, ordering 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.

Leslie, who appeared on the cover of today's edition of the NY Post, later tweeted about the incident.


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18 Comments

  • BLACK

    JUST ANOTHER INDUSTRY NIGGA GETTING EXPOSED... DON'T YOU GOT ALL THE MILLIONS AND MAYBACHS ON YOUR VIDEOS NIGGA?? WHAT'S A COOL MILL TO YOU NIGGA?? THESE NIGGAZ SO FUCKING LAME

  • GBtha G

    hahahahahahah!!!!! he gotta pay dat money or else.punk muthafucka.

  • Anonymous

    I don't care if Ryan Leslie graduated harvard at 19 or not, he's still a dumb fuck. If it makes you feel better we can just refer to him as an "Educated Idiot". You know the type, them dudes that could do calculus off the top of their head but can't tie their own shoes. That's Ryan Leslie. Cause what other excuse can you have for putting some shit that stupid out there and then try and back peddle like its all good?? You ran your dick sucker now deliver on your promise chump, or come out and admit you ain't got the money.

  • Anonymous

    this nigga brags so much about his money on all his songs. always talking down to people. he should. the fact that he even contested this shows he's a chump. nigga YOU put the money up. now you trying to back peddle. what a sucker.

  • YESSIR

    DOES THAT NIGGA GOT 1 MIL?

  • Anonymous

    You fuckin cheap bastard! Renigga!

  • Anonymous

    ryan leslie is a faggot piece of shit. big ups to my dude in germany cashing out on this weasels reward. ryan leslie threw out that million dollar reward to impress the little people thinking the lap top was gone. he doesn't have that kinda bread where he can let a million go and not be hurting. good. rappers/producers/r and b niggas all embarrass the shit out of themselves on twitter. pay up ryan you worm neck punk. guys production is terrible and he sounds like shit plus he's a scum bag.

  • Anonymous

    It is obvious dude is the thief .."american justice system so great.....blah blah blah" yea tell that to someone else. that was obviously a shot at our justice system too. because where else can you break in a cat's house, steal all his sh*t and then sue because you broke your leg on his steps while carrying his refrigerator?

  • Anonymous

    This dude pulled a Mike Epps "steal a dog and not give it back til' a reward is posted".

  • Anonymous

    Thats a lot of fucking money for a reward ... LMAO the FBI doesn't even pay that much for stolen property. What a dumbass.

    • BLACK

      I KNOW DUMBASSES THAT GRADUATED FROM HARVARD AND OTHER IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS THOUGH...

    • Big Dan

      Yes, dude is far from a dumb ass, but he offered the reward, not because the music on it was valuable (it was to him I'm sure, but not the reason)but because he probably thought the laptop was stolen and would never be recovered. So why not come off like a big shot caller. Except he ain't that big. But even that is a dumb assumption because the thief himself could have returned it for a milli, while laughing all the way to the bank. He certainly does not have a mil to give away like that and he is screwed. He is gonna have to come up with it somehow and it actually puts him seriously in the hole. The sadder thing is that he just dropped an album couple weeks ago with those songs and bricked hard. So now he has concrete proof that it was not worth a million dollar reward. An album that flopped royally after three years of promotion on his part and now this. His 2013 is already half ruined and it has not started yet. Hope his production gig skyrockets. He needs that.

    • Imtakingashitnow

      I wouldn't call anyone who graduated Harvard at 19 a dumbass. I think he offered up that much money because of the content he had on the laptop. Which IMO isn't worth that much.

  • Anonymous

    You made the promise now you backtracking? Son keeps talking about stack on stack on every record, now prove it. PAY.

  • Anonymous

    why was this even up for debate. rles time to cash that check your ego wrote

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