Ne-Yo denies ditching $800 restaurant bill


Ne-Yo is laughing off any accusations that he failed to cough up the money for an $800 bill at a New York city eatery last month. The R&B star was eating with a group of friends at Negril in the West Village, when he racked up the bill. According to an “unnamed source,” Ne-Yo didn’t pay for the food, alcohol or tip his waitress.

“We had a Monday Night Football thing, the Giants were in, too, and Ne-Yo came in with [road manager] Jayvon Smith, a group of girls, some guys and a bodyguard,” the supposed eyewitness told Confidenti@l. “He was ordering all this stuff and he kept asking people what they want, and kept the drinks coming.” Even though the waitress on Ne-Yo duty was “run ragged” by his needy group, our tipster tells us she was overly helpful and enthusiastic toward the singer and his crew. “The waitress was really sweet, she even helped his bodyguard, who sat at the bar while the group ate,” says the source. “She’s smiling like she’s going to get a good tip and she ends up looking for him after no one paid the bill.”

But TMZ caught up with Ne-Yo this week as he was leaving LAX, and when the singer-songwriter was asked about the bill, he scoffed at the idea that he would flake on such relatively low sum.

“Anybody that knows me knows that I don’t have to dine and ditch,” Ne-Yo replied when the question was brought up. “$800, seriously?”

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