Ryan Leslie has been ordered to add $180,000 in interest to the $1 million reward for the recovery of his stolen laptop.
According to ABC News, a judge ruled that the singer had to pay more money to a German man named Armin Augstein for finding his laptop in a forest. Leslie’s backpack, which contained his laptop, external hard drive, jewelry and cash, was stolen following a performance in Cologne, Germany in 2010. He initally offered a $20,000 reward but bumped it up to $1 million shortly after.
“He made a second reward video and offered $1 million for just the intellectual property on the external hard drive and computer, the session files,” said his attorney David DeStefano. “They’re different from just an MP3, MP3s are nothing for a producer or a studio engineer, they can’t do anything with them. They need the session files. These were his compositions.”
Augstein reportedly found the laptop in a forest and returned it after learning of the reward. Leslie refused to pay the sum because his files had been corrupted, but in November, a judge ordered him to make good on his promise.
DeStefano and Leslie did not contend the motion for $180,000 because they plan to appeal the entire decision.