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$1.2 Million Laptop Reward: Ryan Leslie Ordered By Federal Court To Pay Up

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Grammy nominated artist Ryan Leslie has been ordered by a federal court to pay a $1.2 million reward to the man who found his stolen laptop.

This is the second time that Leslie has been ordered to pay the $1 million reward for the laptop.

According to ABC, Armin Augstein of Germany filed a lawsuit against the singer after Leslie refused to pay the reward. A court ruled in favor of Augstein in November, but Leslie tried to fight the verdict. Today, a federal court in Manhattan ruled again in Augustein’s favor.

The Grammy nominated singer hasn’t commented on the current verdict, but, after the first ruling in November, Leslie said that he had a good reason for not paying Augstein.

Leslie said that the reward was for the intellectual property on the hard-drive of the laptop. The musician admitted that the laptop had been returned but said that he shouldn’t have to pay because the reward was for the music files that were stored on the hard-drive.

Leslie said:

“When I plugged in that hard-drive to access everything that I had lost, the music, just wasn’t there. I couldn’t access anything. A year later, the gentleman that returned my backpack, I don’t know if it’s because he misunderstood what the reward was for, file a lawsuit in federal court demanding that I pay $1 million for music that I never got back. “

Here’s Ryan Leslie’s slow-jam response to the $1.2 million laptop reward verdict.

The Christian Post reports that Leslie’s attorney David DeStefano said that he hopes to have the verdict overturned.

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11 Responses to “$1.2 Million Laptop Reward: Ryan Leslie Ordered By Federal Court To Pay Up”

  1. Anonymous

    niggers always lie when people try to be nice. fuck this guy his music sucks anyway.

  2. Anonymous

    No way Leslie has that kind of dough….his record bombed…

  3. Mark Taylor

    so now you have to pay for for the honesty of a guy returning a lost laptop? lawyers are the criminals.

  4. Marcus Collins

    I dunno. I'm kinda agreeing with the singer on this one. No way anybody could conclude that someone would pay a million for a laptop he spent a thousand for. It's what's on the computer that is valuable not the computer itself.

  5. Flash Of Insanity

    Once again, greed knows no bounds. It should be a crime with a prison sentence for anyone who tries to "cash in" for such an act as locating a lap top. All my business files are in my lap top. I would be lost without it, but if it was ever lost then found, I will be damned if I will pay such an amount by force. I might give a few hundred just to say thanks, but if it happened that someone sued me for a reward, I would tell them to keep it and I would build my business anew.

  6. Flash Of Insanity

    And my question would be, how did the guy know what the value of the data in the computer unless he had hacked it and went through it with a fine tooth comb? It was said when the computer was returned that the music files were not even there anymore. My guess is that the guy saved copies of the files and stashed them somewhere. In a few years we will be commenting on the story of the guy selling the music to some other rapper. Bet?

  7. Anonymous

    The reward was offered, the guy finding it didn't make up the amount. I agree with Leslie, though, without the music files the computer is just another computer.

  8. Anonymous

    Who is to say that this guy wasn't the thief to begin with? I'm sure any thief would return the stolen goods for that amount of a reward.

  9. Justin Rashbaum

    What's the story from the guy who found the backpack? Did he just "find" it? You have to be a lowlife to cash in on returning someone else's property. However, this is almost retribution for rappers and public persona who think they can talk crazy without repercussions and are above the law. I don't know what the reward post said, but if it said "1 million dollars for my laptop return", then who cares if it had music on it? If itsaid "1 million dollars for my laptop return with the music on it", different story….

  10. Justin Rashbaum

    Whats the story from the guy who found the backpack? Did he just "find" it? You have to be a lowlife to cash in on returning someone else's property. However, this is almost retribution for rappers and public persona who think they can talk crazy without repercussions and are above the law. I don't know what the reward post said, but if it said "1 million dollars for my laptop return", then who cares if it had music on it? If itsaid "1 million dollars for my laptop return with the music on it", different story….

  11. Charisma Fellows

    I think this is a great case. we are tought by our parants to say what we mean and mean what we say, so he offer a reward for 1 million dollars just to act like a big shot, then when its returned he say sorry dude just kiddin. so I think the court did right…….keep your word as my dad says "your word is your bond, your bond is your destany.