The Israeli man who has been accused of hacking into Madonna’s system, stole and released some of her music recordings, Adi Lederman, has been formally indicted. Israeli prosecutors formally filed the indictment against the 39 year old in a Tel Aviv court this week.
Lederman is not only accused of hacking into private computers and stealing information, but of also selling recordings of as of yet unreleased new Madonna songs.
YnetNews has reported that the defendant told Israeli police about his actions, “it’s true that it’s unethical, but who the fuck cares?”
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.
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.”