Israeli authorities have revealed the name of the man who they arrested this week for stealing and then releasing on line music from Madonna’s upcoming album. Adi Lederman, a wannabe singer who once appeared on Israel’s version of American Idol, is currently under house arrest.
At the time of his arrest Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said that the culprit was caught as part of a joint effort with the FBI. She stated that “The Tel Aviv resident, born in 1976, was believed to have stolen work from a number of artists and sold it online. We have confiscated many materials and computer equipment from the suspect’s house and investigations are still under way.”
Madonna said when the theft happened, “Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy. 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.”
“This is artistic rape!! These are early leaked demos, half of which won’t even make it on my album, ” she added.
The material girl also thanked those among her fans who declined to listen to the music which was leaked writing on Instagram, “Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty! Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know that they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world.”
When the arrest was first announced Madonna posted on Facebook, “I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker. 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. 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.”