Madonna thanks investigators following arrest of suspected ‘Rebel Heart’ album leaker

Singer expressed gratitiude and called leak an 'invasion into my life'

Madonna has thanked the agencies that arrested the Israeli man suspected of leaking her new album ‘Rebel Heart’, saying “I have a right to privacy.”

The singer expressed her gratitude in a statement posted on Facebook and detailed the devastation she felt after the crime took place. “I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker,” she said. “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.”

She added: “This invasion into my life – creatively, professionally, and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime.”

Yesterday, it was reported that Israeli police had arrested a 39-year-old man suspected of hacking into Madonna’s computer and leaking her new album. The 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.

A statement by Lahav 433 said that the suspect “broke into the personal computers of several international artists over the past few months and stole promotional final-cut singles which have yet to be released and traded them online for a fee”.

The songs from Madonna’s forthcoming new album 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. Earlier this week, the official tracklisting for the full album – which is released on March 9 – was revealed. It included details of song ‘Iconic’, a collaboration with Chance the Rapper and former professional boxer Mike Tyson.
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