Ne-Yo fined for New Year's Eve no-show

Performer failed to appear at 2008 concert in Washington

BALTIMORE -- A Maryland judge has ordered R&B singer Ne-Yo and his booking agent to pay more than $156,000 in damages because the performer failed to appear at a 2008 New Year's Eve concert in Washington state.

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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