39-year-old Adi Lederman reportedly hacked into pop star's computer last year
The Israeli man arrested on suspicion of hacking into Madonna’s music and leaking her music has been formally indicted.
Adi Lederman, 39, has been officially charged by Israel’s magistrate court with four counts, including computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring and additional computer trespassing, copyright infringement and obstructing investigation, Billboard reports.
Court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter show that Lederman not only got hold of Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ demos, but also her previous album ‘MDNA’. “During 2012, after trespassing Zambrano’s cloud account as detailed in the first count, the defendant copied an early version of the song ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” by Madonna for trading purposes and sold it soon after,” the report revealed.
The copies of song files, including the rehearsal audio for Madonna’s 2015 Grammy performance, were sold for “tens of dollars to a thousand dollars and more” to various clients.
Lederman’s arrest was made following a month-long investigation by the cyber crime unit of Israel’s Lahav 433 branch (an organisation comparable to the FBI) and a private investigation firm. Following the arrest, Madonna thanked the responsible for finding the suspect, stating: “I deeply appreciate my fans who have provided us with pertinent information and continue to do so regarding leaks of my music. Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy.”
The songs from Madonna’s forthcoming new album ‘Rebel Heart’ were leaked in December, an incident Madonna called “artistic rape” and “a form of terrorism”. The leak led to the rush release of six songs from the album on iTunes days later. The album is due for official release March 9.
Earlier today, Madonna revealed she was with a doctor until 3am following her tumble at the Brit Awards on Wednesday evening. The pop icon was tugged backwards down three steps when dancers attempted to remove her long cape as part of her show-stopping routine at the event at The O2 in London.