The New York Post has caught wind of R&B singer Ryan Leslie‘s emotional comments over getting plastered on its daily newspaper a few days ago over a pricey court ruling and welcomed the free publicity.
The Post gave its readers a summary of Leslie’s comments and continued to label the singer a “cheapskate.”
We’re New York’s hottest paper! Cheapskate rapper Ryan Leslie reacted to a $1 million verdict against him by burning the front page of The Post in front of cheering concert fans. Leslie posted a video on YouTube of him angrily rapping: “Don’t believe everything you read in the f—in’ news, ‘Cause these haters’ll really prefer to see you lose” at the Long Island University campus in Brooklyn. As he held up The Post’s front page, someone in the audience shouted out: “Burn it!” after which he lit the paper, then dropped it to the floor and stamped on it. (New York Post)
Footage of R Les getting choked up and airing out his publicized coverage surfaced online this weekend.
“And despite what the jury said, that million dollar reward is still out there for anybody who can return all my compositions to me. That’s why I never took the video off of YouTube. I never got anything back, but luckily God blessed me with talent and I could make some of the music over again, you know what I’m saying? … So I appreciate each and every one of y’all for your support tonight and for the future ’cause we gonna keep making this music and we gonna try to work something out with my man over in Germany – maybe he misunderstood – but this is a record off that album.” (Real Talk NY)
Details of the court ruling against Les became public a couple days ago.
Jurors taught a big-talking hip-hop artist a lesson about broken promises yesterday when they ordered him to pay the $1 million reward he had offered for the return of his stolen laptop. Cheapskate performer and producer Ryan Leslie must fork over the Benjamins to auto-repair-shop owner Armin Augstein, who found the computer while walking his dog and turned it over to German cops in November 2010. Augstein, who returned home to Pulheim, Germany, after testifying against Leslie in Manhattan federal court, told The Post by phone he felt “very good” about the verdict. “I’m very happy . . . that the American judicial system, which is so totally different from ours, functioned so well with a jury that are not professionals and are laymen,” he said in German through one his lawyers, Steven Thal. (New York Post)
The singer also used Twitter to slam the negative press.
“Don’t believe everything you read in the f*ckin news.” Even though it’s very entertaining! http://instagr.am/p/SnXOtBhWms/,” he tweeted Thursday (November 29) (Ryan Leslie’s Twitter)
Check out Ryan Leslie addressing the laptop: