Tzan'ani to Avoid Jail Time in Extortion Case

Case draws great media attention due to Tzan'ani's prominent career as singer and longtime judge on 'Kohav Nolad,' Israel's version of 'American Idol.'

Singer and celebrity Margalit Tzan'ani, indicted for allegedly blackmailing her manager Assaf Atedgi, is likely to sign a plea bargain that spares her from jail.

She would perform community service instead.

Convict Michael Hazzan, who also was indicted in the alleged extortion plot, is expected to be sentenced to between a year and a year and a half of jail time.

The case has drawn great media attention due to Tzan'ani's prominent career as a singer and her role as a longtime judge on the reality program "Kohav Nolad," Israel's version of "American Idol."

A Tel Aviv District Court hearing scheduled for Thursday was postponed until Sunday, when the parties are expected to present their plea bargain to the court.

The indictment, filed in August, accused Tzan'ani and Hazzan of extortion through threats and conspiracy to commit a crime.

In 2009, Tzan'ani met singer Omer Adam through "Kohav Nolad." After the producers discovered he was younger than he claimed, he was disqualified from the competition but Tzan'ani put him in touch with Atedgi, who began representing him.

They allegedly had an agreement that she and Atedgi would split commissions from Adam's appearances, but the two did not agree on how much she was owed, the indictment states. In response, she allegedly asked Hazzan to help her extort money from Atedgi, the prosecution wrote.