New Year's Eve no-show costs singer Ne-Yo $156,000

BALTIMORE (AP) - August 25, 2010

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Philip Caroom ordered the payment Tuesday after 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. The judge 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 to Clark.

Attorneys for Ne-Yo and Esterman could not immediately be reached for comment.

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