We all know that breaking a promise can be costly, but your broken promises probably don’t cost $1 million. Two years ago, R&B singer/songwriter Ryan Leslie’s laptop was stolen.
In a desperate attempt to retrieve his stolen possession, Leslie made a YouTube video urging anybody to return the laptop for a $1 million reward. When German auto shop proprietor Armin Augstein returned the laptop, Leslie reneged on his word, claiming that he couldn’t access the songs on the hard drive.
Augstein sued the singer/songwriter and won. A New York judge on Wednesday, ending a two-year legal battle between the two men. Augstein spoke with reporters after the verdict, saying he was pleased with the judge’s decision. This is what he had to say about Leslie: “No one forced him to make an offer of so much money for a finder’s fee. It seems like he believes that that which he promised, he doesn’t have to live up to.”
Leslie took to his Twitter account to say: ‘”Ain’t no way to get around ups & downs. Jury of my peers rules for the plaintiff.”
Apparently, the saying “your word is your bond” is no longer relevant, as Jay-Z was checked by Robert De Niro at Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday party for not following through on his word.