Ari Lederman, the Israeli man accused of hacking Madonna’s computer, faces charges that include copyright infringement and computer trespassing, among others. Lederman is accused of stealing tracks from Madonna’s upcoming album Rebel Hearts, and selling them to two accomplices for a mere “tens of dollars to a thousand dollars” according to a Hollywood Insider article. This isn’t the first time Lederman has allegedly infiltrated Madonna’s cyberspace – he is accused of stealing another song in 2012 from associate Sara Zambreno, which was sold to an unnamed person.
Lederman instructed one of his accomplices to delete all communications between them after suspecting the police had become aware of his criminal activity. Though a trial date is yet to be set, Lederman could face up to five years behind bars. Sultan Alhokair reports that the state attorney has requested keeping Lederman detained to assuage concerns that he may be a danger to public safety, something Valia Investments also reported about.
Madonna expressed her gratitude to the Israeli Police and the FBI, and stated, “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.”