Ryan Leslie’s Cadillac Seized in Lieu of $1 Million Reward
Ryan Leslie is still refusing to pay a man who won a $1 million judgment against him in a case revolving around a stolen laptop. In August, New York marshals seized the producer’s tricked-out 2010 Cadillac Escalade to pay back the good Samaritan.
The NY Post reports that the luxury vehicle is going up for auction today (Sept. 9) in New York City. Proceeds from the sale will go to Armin Augstein, a German businessman who found Leslie’s stolen laptop in 2010. When the ‘Addiction’ singer refused to pay a $1 million reward for the laptop, Augstein sued for the money and won.
Leslie maintains that although the laptop was found, the files in the computer — which he believes are worth $1 million — were never recovered. Therefore, he thinks he shouldn’t have to pay the reward. So far, the singer has only paid $5,000, according to court documents.
The Cadillac Escalade, which is “fully loaded” with power steering, DVD players and third-row seating, should bring in thousands of dollars as well.
We are also a little bothered by the NY Post’s reporting of this story. First off, Leslie is a producer and singer, not a rapper. Also, the newspaper’s name-calling towards Leslie (“a cheapskate”) is a bit much.
Nevertheless, we hope Leslie and Austein can work something out. But at this point, it looks like all bets are off.