World’s Most Expensive Computer? Ryan Leslie Ordered To Pay $1 Million Reward For Lost Laptop

November 30, 2012  |  


Maybe singer/producer Ryan Leslie was distraught when he offered a $1 million reward to whoever found his stolen laptop. Out of his mind or not, he’s now been ordered by a jury to pay up.

The laptop contained unfinished music, including songs Leslie was working on for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” album (though Leslie’s work never made the album cut). Also on the laptop, which was stolen when Leslie was in Germany, were tracks from his own CD,  Les Is More. Leslie is currently promoting the album.

An auto shop owner named Armin Augstein found the computer and gave it to German police in November 2010. Initially Leslie refused to pay the reward. Then he suggested that Augstein was somehow responsible for the computer’s theft. So Augstein sued. “Ryan refused to pay up claiming that the hard drive was corrupted and he never actually retrieved his intellectual properties,” reports MTV News.

But the judge in the case stated that because of Leslie´s  actions after receiving the laptop back, led him to believe the music files were indeed intact. Reported the New York Post,  “Judge Harold Baer Jr. told jurors that because Leslie returned the hard drive to the manufacturer after getting it back from Augstein (instead of immediately turning it in as evidence), they could assume that the missing files were there when Augstein returned the laptop.”

“No one forced him to make an offer of so much money for a finder’s fee,” Augstein told the newspaper. He believes Leslie should be held accountable to his word.

Leslie seems to have accepted the verdict. He tweeted soon after the verdict: “Ain’t no way to get around ups & downs. Jury of my peers rules for the plaintiff.”

Do you think $1 million is too much for Leslie to pay?

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  • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

    Heck ya he should have to pay! What a dummy…

  • lilkunta

    ryan needs to get a better lawyer. any lawyer worth there salt would easily say ryan leslie was just speaking in anguish to get back his computer and was being facetious/ovespeaking.
    did he use a german lawyer and not a german lawyer with an english co counsel ?

  • Kay

    Ryan Leslie has a million to give away..??

    • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

      Ikr? It seem like his bigges hit was with Cassie and thats a shame

  • bluekissess

    Lol @ know one really being interested in this story

  • i’msanemane

    No. He didn’t think it was to much for him to pay when he made the offer so who am i to say it’s too much for him to pay…… Lesson learned next time he will offer a 500 dollar reward like most sane folk. Lol well since he is famous it might have been smart to offer 5,000.