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Leonard Cohen’s Former Manager Convicted

She faces up to five years in jail.

Canadian singer and writer Leonard Cohen's former manager Kelley Lynch was convicted in an LA court yesterday for harassment – she could serve up to five years in prison.

Cohen testified against his manager last week after she spent months trying to contact him, leaving threatening voicemail messages and writing malicious emails that ran as long as 50 pages, which Prosecutor Sandra Jo Streeter asserted was a violation of a restraining order Cohen had against Lynch. Although Cohen admitted to having a brief romantic affair with the woman, he said he cut off all ties when he discovered that millions of dollars were missing from his personal bank account back in 2005 (she was instructed to pay Cohen $9.5 million in damages but never faced criminal proceedings).

He told the court (as reported by BBC News): "I was not willing to take the risk, the risk that someone who leaves me messages that are deranged and violent is not going to turn up outside my house." However, Lynch's lawyer assured the court that the numerous phone calls a day and up to 50-page letters were "cries for help, not criminal conduct".

Cohen is an award-winning musician and writer from Montreal. He has a spot in the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, which is the highest honour.

 

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