Ryan Leslie can’t catch a break. After it was made public that he reneged on his $1 million reward for the safe return of his laptop in 2010, now a NYPD officer has sued him for using his voice in a song. The officer left a message on Leslie’s voice mailbox in 2011. A year later, the artist/producer used that message for a song. In 2011, the police were called on Ryan Leslie after a pretty bad break up with his then girlfriend, Australian supermodel Nicole Trunfio. She allegedly called the police on him after he refused to stop calling her or knocking on her door. Then, Detective Luis Mortimer followed up the complaint, leaving a voicemail on Leslie’s phone asking him or his lawyer to return his call.
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It was that very voicemail that Ryan Leslie used for his song, ‘Joan Of Arc.’ Well, of course, this is hip-hop. samples have needed to be cleared since forever, but Leslie failed to do so. Now the officer — who has since been fired– claimed that his career has been damaged and is seeking unspecified damages.
According to Daily Mail, “Mortimer claims Leslie’s unauthorized use of his voice is exploitation and violates his civil rights.”