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So long, Kelley Lynch: Woman found guilty of harassing Leonard Cohen

Lisa Brenner

Leonard Cohen's former business manager, Kelley Lynch, was found guilty by a Los Angeles jury on Thursday of harassing the hugely influential singer-songwriter. Lynch was found to have repeatedly violated a restraining order as well.

Cohen testified that he felt threatened by expletive-laden messages, the tone of Lynch's calls and emails, and the quantity of outreach attempts. 

During the trial, Cohen, who worked with Lynch for 17 years, acknowledged that an intimate relationship briefly existed between them but said he'd severed all ties after millions of dollars went missing.

The woman's legal team claimed she never tried to confront him but was angry over being fired and felt Cohen had ruined her reputation. 

Lynch, convicted of two counts of leaving or sending harassing or obscene messages and five counts of violating a restraining order, could face up to five years in prison for the misdemeanors.

In 2005, Cohen sued Lynch, accusing the woman of stealing millions during his time at Buddhist monastery. A judge ordered Lynch to pay him $9.5 million, notes the L.A. Times.


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