Madonna fan who hacked her computer and leaked 'Rebel Heart' tracks jailed for 14 months

Adi Lederman was fined £2,575 for what Madge called artistic 'terrorism'

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The man who was arrested for stealing and selling Madonna’s unreleased music has been jailed for 14 years.

Adi Lederman, who has previously auditioned for Israel’s top TV song competition, A Star Is Born, was arrested in January after police found evidence he had hacked Madonna’s personal computers and sold songs to a third party.

He also admitted to hacking into the personal computers of other artists, though he did not elaborate on the other victims, and was placed under house arrest.

Now, however, he has been sentenced to 14 months in prison and was fined 15,000 shekels, or £2,575. The court ruled that the ‘appropriate’ sentence would act as a deterrent to others.

After 14 songs from ‘Rebel Heart’ leaked in December, Madonna urged fans not to listen to the material, which wasn't yet due for release, saying "I have been violated as a human and an artist".

She then rush-released a six-song EP in an attempt to discourage fans from listening to the leaked tracks.

The Queen of Pop flipped out, calling the leaks “artistic rape” and a “form of terrorism”, something she later regretted.