While $1 million might sound a bit steep for a laptop, that’s how much [artist id="1715121"]Ryan Leslie[/artist] said he would pay to whomever returned his MacBook, which was stolen last year.
Armin Augstein said he returned the computer to the “Diamond Girl” singer but claims he has yet to receive the reward, so now the 52-year old German man has filed a suit in U.S. District Court in New York, the Daily News has reported.
“It’s unfortunate that my client has to go to such lengths to recover the reward,” Michael Fischman, Augstein’s U.S.-based lawyer, told the paper.
MTV News reached out to Leslie’s rep for comment, but haven’t heard back as of press time.
Leslie appeared on “RapFix Live” via Skype last November, shortly after he lost the computer and offered the reward. “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,” Leslie explained at the time.
The computer and hard drive that accompanied it contained unreleased material from R.Les’ upcoming Less Is More album, and recovering the music was important to the singer. After claiming that the MacBook was stolen from the back of his car while he was in Cologne, Germany, Leslie offered a $20,000 reward but later upped the pot to a whopping $1 million. He even posted a video on YouTube to announce the reward increase.