A judge ordered Ryan Leslie to stand by his word and pay the $1 million reward he promised to the man who returned his lost laptop. But the singer is still not ready to fork over the cash.
When wonderkind producer/Singer Ryan Leslie lost his laptop in Germany back in 2010, he posted a reward of $20,000 that he later increased to $1 million. The singer was distraught over several unreleased tracks he was sure would be turned into hits.
But when Armin Augstein, a 54-year-old auto repair shop owner, returned the computer, he didn’t receive what was promised. Augstein said he found the computer while walking his dog and turned it over to German cops in November 2010, according to the New York Post.
“No one forced him to make an offer of so much money for a finder’s fee,” Augstein told the Post. “It seems like he believes that that which he promised, he doesn’t have to live up to.”
Despite the judges ruling in Augstein’s favor, Leslie said he stood by his decision to withhold payment.
“The reasons I defended myself in the case are the same reasons I believe Mr. Augstein is not entitled to the reward,” Leslie said.
Leslie testified that he was unable to retrieve several songs stored on the hard drive, which he said was key to his reward offer.
Augstein, however, was satisfied with the verdict.
“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.
—E. Parker, CBS Local