Ryan Leslie Ordered By Jury To Pay $1 Million Reward He Offered For Return Of Stolen Laptop

 

Ryan Leslie is going to have to dig deep in his pockets to pay off the $1 million he offered as a reward for his stolen laptop after a jury in a Manhattan federal court sided with the man who found and returned it.

 

Leslie's laptop came up missing in 2010 while he was in Germany performing. Desperate to get the laptop back Leslie offered $20,000 initially as a reward for its return, then upped the offer to $1 million.

 

Armin Augstein found the laptop while walking his dog and turned it over to German police in November 2010. Leslie refused to pay up claiming that the hard drive was corrupted and his intellectual property was lost.

 

The singer/rapper/producer told MTV's RapFix Live last month that he lost part of his new Les Is More album as well as collaborations he had been working on for Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne album.

 

"There were records that I was working on, multi-tracks that I had for the Watch the Throne album," R. Les said. "If you read the credits for Watch the Throne, I'm not on that album. And obviously my album isn't on there."

 


 
Judge Harold Baer Jr. yesterday told jurors that because Leslie disposed of the hard drive by returning it to the manufacturer after Augstein claimed the reward, they could assume that the data was there when Augstein handed it over according to the New York Post.

 

Leslie said he was "disappointed" in the jury's decision and later took to Twitter to tell his fans not to believe everything they read.

 

 

Augstein told the New York Post he was glad the American justice system worked in his favor.

 

"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 one his lawyers, Steven Thal.

 

Armin Augstein

 

Augstein added that nobody forced Leslie to offer such a high reward.

 

No one forced him to make an offer of so much money for a finder’s fee,” Augstein said. “It seems like he believes that which he promised, he doesn’t have to live up to.”

 

Leslie may appeal the verdict.

 

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Comment by BROOKLYNBORN on December 2, 2012 at 11:14pm
dumb a**!! you know damn well you don't have A Million to give away... a** bettin!!
Comment by juiceville on November 30, 2012 at 3:03pm
COMPUTER LOVE
Comment by IVA on November 30, 2012 at 7:49am
Don't laugh, these guys are racists and jealous, because he's touring in Germany all over the place, look at this creepy guy who found the laptop it's not a coincedence! This is the guy, owner of a big company, related to "VRIJMETSELAARIJ" ALSO KNOWN AS THE Ill.m.n.ti!
http://augstein-gmbh.de/component/option,com_contact/task,view/contact_id,2/Itemid,80/
Comment by Bijou BAKSON on November 30, 2012 at 7:28am
Damn, did he have to say 1million. I think even $10,000 would be a good bounty and motivation for even a thief to bring a laptop back. :-/
Comment by Juicy Mane on November 30, 2012 at 12:30am
This is a Nelson from The Simpsons moment where you point n laugh at Ryan "Mr.Balla" Leslie Ha-Ha Ha-Ha Ha-Ha...
Comment by TheSyndicate on November 30, 2012 at 12:26am
They called him a Rap Wiesel... SMH!
Comment by Big $mooth on November 29, 2012 at 11:52pm
i f****** hate the ny post, bunch of racist muthafuckas.
Comment by QSP on November 29, 2012 at 11:28pm
damn 1 mill though lol
Comment by Slimturk on November 29, 2012 at 7:46pm
Ryan Leslie is a bullshitter....Pay the guy something....Don't be a pansy a**....U should at least settle something out of court....at least like $250K....You can utilize computer programs to get any data deleted....lol....I am a computer graduate send me the computer I'll retrieve the data for free to prove that the german guy deserves some sort of settlement from this matter....
Comment by BuckDat on November 29, 2012 at 7:33pm
I wonder if he even bothered any data recovery programs before handing it over to the manufacturer...sometimes it takes a few different tries. He probly took it to a pro who ripped him off.



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