“Rap Weasel” Ryan Leslie Ordered To Pay $1 Million For Recovered Laptop
Remember that time when Ryan Leslie lost his laptop in Germany and said that he’d pay whoever found his computer the nice sum of $1 million dollars? That was back in 2010 and Leslie wishes everyone forgot about it. You see, the laptop was found, by auto shop repair owner Armin Augstein while walking his dog and he turned Leslie’s laptop over to the German police. Unfortunately, that $1 million reward wasn’t paid out and now the courts are going to make sure that the “Rap Weasel” (I thought Ryan was a singing weasel, but whatever) forks over the dough.
According to the Post, jurors deliberated for just three hours before they came to the conclusion that you don’t ever break your promises, and ordered Leslie to pay up.
Augstein, who returned home to Pulheim, Germany, after testifying against Leslie in Manhattan federal court, told The Post by phone he felt “very good” about 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 in German through one his lawyers, Steven Thal.
Augstein, 54, said he remained “disappointed” with Leslie — who suggested Augstein might have been involved in the theft — even though the music man was “personally very friendly” the two times they met.
“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.”
Leslie, 34, sat stone-faced as the unanimous verdict was announced after just over three hours of deliberations.
Leslie — who had earlier joked he would either “be writing checks or buying Maseratis” — insisted afterward, “I’m not disappointed” and said he would consider an appeal.
An appeal eh? Damn Ryan, you’re the one who blasted to the world that you would pay a million dollars and now you are backing out? That’s pretty weasel-ly of you. Leslie’s team has even gone so far as to suggest that Augstein was involved in the theft. Well, this should be a lesson to Mr. Leslie. I hope he has a million dollars to pay up.