Margalit Tzna'ani 311 .
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Singer Margalit Tzanani and several members of the alleged crime organization
led by Amir Mulner were arrested by police early on Tuesday on suspicion of
extorting a music agent over a debt.
The arrest has taken the
entertainment world by surprise and has startled Tzanani’s many fans around the
According to the police’s suspicions, Tzanani, who is also a
judge on the hit TV music contest series A Star is Born, accused her agent,
Assaf Atadegi, of failing to pay a debt of tens of thousands of
Atadegi also represents a contestant on the show, Omer Adam, who
began his musical career by appearing on the program as a
Tzanani had reportedly claimed that Atadegi owed her a
portion of his earnings from representing Adam.
Tzanani allegedly turned
to the underworld seeking mediation to solve the dispute, and received a
“ruling” saying that Atadegi should pay her the funds. The agent was allegedly
informed by underworld elements of the decision.
Police suspect members
of Mulner’s organization had offered their “services” to collect the
Furthermore, according to Israel Radio, police suspect another
criminal who is currently serving a sentence asked Tzanani to make a judgment on
the TV show. Police are said to be investigating that
Tzanani’s lawyer, Shahar Hatzroni, said the singer was
shocked by the allegations against her.
He said she denied all of the
A law enforcement source told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday
that the investigation was still at “an early operational phase.”
arrests came following a two-month undercover investigation, during which
undercover agents from the National Economic Crimes Unit and the Lahav 433 unit
followed members of Mulner’s organization and Tzanani.
On Tuesday, police
raided the singer’s home and those of the organized crime
Police said in a statement that “following an undercover
investigation, a number of suspects were arrested.
They are suspected of
extortion, using threats and conspiracy to commit a crime.”
alleged mob kingpin Amir Mulner, considered an explosives expert by police, was
released from prison in July after serving 31 months behind bars for conspiracy
to commit a crime and illegal possession of a firearm and
Since his release, police have closely monitored Mulner and
While monitoring the individuals, police stumbled on the
alleged affair involving Tzanani and the music agent.
Last week, a number
of Mulner’s associates were charged at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court with
launching a vicious and sustained assault on a taxi driver over a parking
dispute in Ramat Gan.
The assault victim was allegedly kicked and beaten
repeatedly, told to leave the area permanently, and suffered a broken eye
socket, the charge sheet said.