blackmediascoop.com - R&B artist Ryan Leslie is singing the blues now that he’s been ordered to dish out $1million to a German man who returned his stolen laptop.
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The decision came down from a New York judge on Wednesday, ending a two-year legal battle with the German man who brought it back to him. Leslie was desperate to find the computer and an external hard drive stolen from him in 2010, which he said contained several ‘in development’ tracks he was working on.
He made a YouTube plea, urging anybody who finds the laptop to hand it in and receive a $1million reward. But when German auto shop proprietor Armin Augstein turned up with the laptop, Leslie reneged on the deal, after he couldn’t access the songs on the hard drive.
Augstein took him to court, and Judge Harold Baer Jr. ruled that since Leslie returned the hard drive to the computer company to have it wiped of its contents, the songs were likely there as Armstein returned it. Augstein said: ‘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.’ Read more