*Remember when Hip Hop artist Ryan Leslie put out that notice to the world about his precious laptop, offering $1 million to anyone who turned it in?
It’s time for the artist to settle the score and make it happen.
An auto repair shop owner by the name of Armin Augstein found the computer one day while walking his dog. He turned the laptop over to the German police in November 2010.
In a YouTube video, Leslie promised a large reward to anyone who found it. But Ryan didn’t deliver.
So Augstein took a trip to American court to file suit against the artist.
Ryan Leslie now legally owes the repair guy a nice BIG check.
“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,” Augstein said in German through one his lawyers, Steven Thal.
“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 that which he promised, he doesn’t have to live up to.”
Ryan didn’t care too much for the verdict and plans to appeal because he doesn’t believe the laptop finder deserves the reward. He suggested in court that he may have been involved with the theft.
Or could it be he just doesn’t have the money?
Watch the video that announces a $1 million rewards for Ryan Leslkie’s laptop:
*Remember Ryan Leslie made a big to do over his lost or stolen laptop that contained millions of dollars worth of work and private files? He did put out there at one point that he was willing to reward anyone who returned the computer $1 million.
Well after it’s been found and returned, it’s about time the artist paid up.
A man named Armin Augstein said he returned the computer to the singer, but didn’t get his due reward.
So the German hero has filed a lawsuit against the singer in the U.S. District Court in New York.
“It’s unfortunate that my client has to go to such lengths to recover the reward,” Michael Fischman, Augstein’s U.S.-based lawyer, told the media.
With good reason, the German guy is going through all of this for that money. Who wouldn’t?
Last year, after the laptop was stolen, Leslie posted on Skype:
“I lost my computer out here in Germany. I actually had my whole new album on there, which I had been working on in secret, and it got stolen. So right now, I got a million-dollar reward for anybody that can return my intellectual property to me.”
Originally he offered $20,000, but after little to no responses, he upped the prize to an attractive $1 million. He even posted a YouTube video to announce the reward increase.
*Lil Wayne was caught in a frenzy this weekend when a thief posing as a back-up dancer robbed the rapper blind on the set of his latest video.
According to local reports, Weezy was working on set with artist Porcelain Black at Citrus College in Glendora, California when a number of valuable items including portable computer, a Louis Vuitton purse, a wallet and tickets to last weekend’s NBA All-Star game turned up missing.
So when police began the investigation, they used the laptop’s GPS system to track it down and found that 20-year-old Marco Negrete had the items. He was arrested and is being held on a $20,000 bail, according to the Whittier (CA) Daily News.