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Ryan Leslie is in hot water for not keeping his word. About a year ago, the R&B singer lost his laptop in Germany. The laptop held all of the music for his album, “More Is Les,” and he offered a $1 million award for anyone who returned it. He told MTV,

“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.”

Armin Augstein returned Leslie’s laptop after saying he found it while walking his dog. Augstein says that he repeatedly emailed Leslie about his reward, but he was constantly ignored. The German native is now suing Leslie for not keeping to his word.

Leslie made the announcement about the reward on Twitter, Youtube and in interviews.  It’s a bad look for him to have gone MIA once his property was returned.

Do you think Leslie will ever cough up the $1 million?

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  • Amanda

    From a legal perspective the computer finder may have a case of promissory estoppel, which would allow a court to enforce a promise to avoid injustice. If the guy who finds it can prove that he reasonably relied on the reward money somehow then Leslie will not have a choice- he’ll have to pay.

  • Overseas honeybee

    Ryan may be coming up off that cash after all. Depending on what legal system (U.S. or German) this case will be decided under.

    A verbal promise holds just as much weight as a written contract here in Germany. Word is bond.