Madonna was forced to release six new tracks from her latest album Rebel Heart ahead of schedule after Israeli hacker Adi Lederman leaked 27 demos last December. Now, Lederman has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after being convicted for cyber crimes against the pop star. He was also fined 15,000 shekels (roughly $4,000).
Lederman, who was best known as a former contestant on Israel’s version of American Idol, was charged with computer trespassing, fraud and intellectual property offenses against the star, and was arrested back in January.
“The ease with which crimes such as this can be committed by those who have skills in the field, such as the accused, require an appropriate punitive response that has a deterrent and uncompromising message,” the court said in a statement, per Reuters.
At the time of the leak, Madonna wrote on Instagram, “I have been violated as a human and an artist!” and after Lederman’s arrest, she issued a statement that said: “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.”