Sylvester Stallone Thanks U.K. Police for Latest Arrest Over 'Expendables 3' Leak
London's specialized anti-piracy police unit made two arrests connected to the leak in November.
More developments have been made in the ongoing hunt for the culprits behind Expendables 3's lost millions.
Sylvester Stallone has now offered his thanks to the U.K. police’s specialized anti-piracy unit following the arrest of another suspect connected to the leak of various movies, including Expendables 3.
Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) on Thursday arrested a man in northern England, stating that he was believed to be involved in leaking "high-quality films, which are either only available at the cinema or are unfinished movies which have yet to be released." They added that his actions were estimated to be "costing the industry millions of pounds." The latest announcement follows the news in November that the unit had taken two men into custody.
"I'd like to thank the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit at the City of London Police for working with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations to apprehend the suspect in this case," Stallone said in a statement. "It is important to protect the rights of creatives around the world from theft."
Expendables 3 last year became arguably the most high-profile title affected by piracy. A leaked DVD screener copy of the film began circulating online almost a month ahead of its official U.S. release on August 15 and was downloaded more than 10 million times — something that the film's studio, Lionsgate, blamed for its disappointing opening weekend. Lionsgate has since filed a lawsuit in California against the anonymous individuals who shared the film, while producer Avi Lerner said the piracy had cost "almost $250 million" in lost box-office revenues.