*Ne-Yo and his booking agent have been ordered to pay more than $156,000 in damages for bailing on a scheduled 2008 New Year’s Eve concert in Washington state.
A judge in Anne Arundel County, Maryland ordered the payment Tuesday following a four-day trial in late July and early August.
Promoter Kenyohn Clark sued Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Smith, and promoter Mike Esterman, who is based in Maryland. Judge Philip Caroom ruled in favor of Clark, who claimed that Esterman misled him and failed to return a $95,000 deposit.
Court documents show Ne-Yo testified at trial that he knew in his “heart of hearts” that the deposit should have been returned.
Jason Brino, Clark’s attorney, says his client was “basically public enemy No. 1” after the botched concert and abandoned the promotion business to take a job as a military contractor.