R&B singer Ne-Yo is clearing the air nearly a month after being accused of doing a certain New York City restaurant dirty by not paying $800 on a tab.
Despite the widespread gossip and speculation, Ne-Yo flatly denied the claims.
Ne-Yo has way too much money to stiff some restaurant on a bill … despite accusations he bailed on a $800 tab in NYC last month … the singer tells TMZ. Ne-Yo was out at LAX last night when we asked about allegations he racked up an $800 bill with his friends at a West Village restaurant called Negril … then skipped on the bill … and tip. Ne-Yo tells us, “Anybody that knows me knows that I don’t have to dine and ditch … $800, seriously?” Crazier things have happened. (TMZ)
Details of the alleged shady stunt surfaced online back in late October.
The Grammy winner spent an evening dining with a group of 10 earlier this month at West Village restaurant Negril, where he sipped on multiple Grey Goose screwdrivers and ordered mac and cheese and chicken plates, racking up an $800 bill. But the “Sexy Love” singer allegedly walked out without paying a dime — or giving his overworked waitress a tip. “We had a Monday Night Football thing, the Giants were in, too, and Ne-Yo came in with [road manager] Jayvon Smith, a group of girls, some guys and a bodyguard,” one eyewitness tells Confidenti@l. “He was ordering all this stuff and he kept asking people what they want, and kept the drinks coming.” Even though the waitress on Ne-Yo duty was “run ragged” by his needy group, our tipster tells us she was overly helpful and enthusiastic toward the singer and his crew. “The waitress was really sweet, she even helped his bodyguard, who sat at the bar while the group ate,” says the source. “She’s smiling like she’s going to get a good tip and she ends up looking for him after no one paid the bill.” (New York Daily News)
Reports claimed Ne-Yo made a quick move to the exit and relied on his crew to handle the tab.
But the game of keep-away wasn’t over yet. Our source says Ne-Yo then handed it back to Smith, who walked out, got in a waiting SUV with the singer and drove off. After discovering the group was headed to the Griffin to party some more, the manager of Negril walked to the nearby Gansevoort St. lounge to see if anyone in the party would please pay the bill. “Someone in the group promised they’d be back tomorrow to pay up, then Ne-Yo’s bodyguard was trying to block the manager,” another source tells us. “He said ‘Ne-Yo is busy, I’m not going to get his credit card right now.’ ” We’re told Ne-Yo, who named one album “Year of the Gentleman,” remains anything but. Our source says he has yet to pay the bill or a tip. “The waitress was so upset,” says our first source. “She looked like she was working so hard.” (New York Daily News)
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