Leonard Cohen 2012

As reported by The Los Angeles Times, the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is suing his former business manager, Kelly Lynch, for harassment. Lynch was fired in 2004, and in 2005, Cohen successfully sued Lynch for stealing $5 million from his personal accounts. In this suit, Cohen alleges that Lynch sent thousands of e-mails and voice messages, many of them threatening and violent in nature. Some examples:

The woman’s voice in telephone messages left for singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was low and steady.

“You are a sick man….You are a thief….You are a common thief.”

Cohen was the prosecution’s first witness, and he testified that he and Lynch had a business and personal relationship for about 17 years. At one point, he said, they had a “brief” intimate relationship. He said he fired her as his business manager in 2004.

As soon as he dismissed Lynch, she began calling and emailing him, Cohen said.

“It started with just a few now and then, but it eventually accelerated to 20 or 30 a day,”

The voice mail messages, Cohen said, were up to 10 minutes long. The caller leveled accusations and threats at him and said he “needed to be taken down and shot.”

“It makes me feel very conscious about my surroundings,” Cohen said. “Every time I see a car slow down, I get worried.”

(via The Los Angeles Times)

This is what gets me though:

Lynch, sitting next to her attorneys, occasionally smiled as voice mails from 2011 were played for jurors in L.A. County Superior Court on Friday.

DUDE. Read the full report here (via P4K). Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas is out now on Columbia.

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Comments (4)
  1. So Cohen and this broad once had a romance, and I was thinking, “Go Leonard, you tiger…” and coming up with imaginary stories in my head how he must be some sort of stallion in the sack if a woman would go to this extent to stalk him.

    But then I saw her picture. It turns out poor Leonard had been hittin’ it with the lady version of Phil Spector, post-murder:

  2. In all fairness, presumably their last friendly encounter occurred before she was fired in 2004, and this ‘brief’ intimate relationship could have happened over any of the 17 years before that. Maybe Ms. Lynch has been aging (much) less than gracefully.

  3. “You are a sick man….You are a thief….You are a common thief.”

    I think she was just pitching some song lyrics.

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