Ryan Leslie Catches a Raw DealDecember 3rd, 2012
By Dan Reagans
In case you didn’t know, life’s tough for a working musician — especially if your name is Ryan Leslie. Coming off one of the worst weeks of his career, the R&B crooner was recently ordered by a judge to pay up a hefty finder’s fee reward ($1,000,000) that he put up for a laptop that was stolen from him abroad in Germany in 2010. While we’re sure he would’ve rather spent the cool mil on something else, he honestly has no one to blame for this mess but himself and some bad financial impulses. Not only is R.Les without his lost music, he also bought the most expensive broken laptop ever.
In addition to the ruling, NYC newspaper the New York Post put the Harvard grad on their front page under the headline “rap weasel,” inadvertently making him public enemy No. 1 for the weekend. But, in true artist form, the “Good Girl” singer took to the stage to address the court’s ruling and air out his grievances on the legal fiasco.
“…Initially, I put out an award of twenty thousand dollars to get my backpack back. And when it never returned, I upped the reward to a million dollars because that music was absolutely everything to me. It was everything. It was my life.” Ryan admitted during the show.
“Eventually, somebody did return that backpack to me. And when I looked in the hard drive to access everything that I had lost, the music just wasn’t there. The hard drive wouldn’t mount. I couldn’t access anything. A year later, the same gentleman [who returned my backpack] — I don’t know if it was because he misunderstood what the million dollars was for — he filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York City, demanding that I pay a million dollars for the music I never got back.” says Leslie.
While it’s obvious that Leslie was liable (the courts would’ve ruled in his favor otherwise), the whole ordeal was a lose-lose one for the singer from the gate. Perhaps Ryan should put a bigger emphasis on the special terms and conditions for the reward the next time any of his priceless possessions are stolen from him. By the way New York Post: If you must hurl insults, at least make sure they’re accurate. Ryan Leslie’s a singer that occasionally raps, so that would technically make him an “R&B weasel,” not a “rap weasel.”