Leonard Cohen Broke

Leonard Cohen is broke, according to a story in Canadian magazine Macleans.

In June, Boulder, Colo.-based Neal Greenberg, Cohen’s investment adviser of almost a decade, launched a hyperbole-laden claim in Colorado against Cohen, who lives in both Los Angeles and Montreal. The suit accuses Kelley Lynch, who was Cohen’s manager and is also named in the suit, of siphoning money from the songwriter. It also accuses Cohen and his lawyer Robert Kory of conspiracy, extortion and defamation. It alleges the two, in an attempt to recover at least some of Cohen’s lost money, threatened to besmirch Greenberg’s reputation and concocted a plan to force Greenberg to give Cohen millions of dollars.

The suit paints an almost preposterous picture of Cohen as an artist who led a lavish celebrity lifestyle and then turned bitter and vindictive when he discovered the money had run out. For example, the suit quotes Lynch describing how Cohen demanded she discuss business matters while he soaked in a bubble bath, and how later he was somehow involved in calling a SWAT team to her home, where she was handcuffed and forcibly taken to a psychiatric ward while in her bathing suit.

But also:

One missive, sent July 17 and obtained by Maclean’s, invites Greenberg in highly explicit terms to Lynch’s home for an evening of tantric sex. “First I want to study the inner channels with you,” it says. “Why not — let’s see who is better at tantric sex — you or me.”

Obviously, Sting is better at tantric sex than both of them.

Link via Boing Boing.