Jury Finds Kelley Lynch Guilty Of Harassing Leonard Cohen

The Verdict: Guilty

This post is a followup to Leonard Cohen Testimony In Kelley Lynch Harassment Trial Covered By Music Press.

A Los Angeles County jury Thursday found the former business and personal manager of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen guilty of violating restraining orders, making harassing phone calls and sending thousands of harassing emails.

Kelley Lynch, 55, showed no emotion as a court clerk read the verdict. She had pleaded not guilty to five counts of violating protective orders and two counts of repeatedly contacting Cohen with the intent to annoy or harass.1

The Defense

In response to the prosecution bringing into evidence 10 binders filled with hostile emails sent to Cohen and tapes of threatening voice mails she made to him as well as Cohen’s own testimony about  the fears raised by these messages,2 Lynch’s public defender claimed her contacts were  motivated by her desire  to obtain information she needed.

During her relationship with Cohen, he said, Lynch had enormous access to the details of his business and personal life. Ramnaney said Cohen and his attorneys, believing Lynch knew “too much” about Cohen, have attempted to undermine Lynch’s credibility and blame her for Cohen’s financial problems.

Lynch’s messages contained legitimate requests for financial documents that she needed to complete her taxes, Ramnaney said. Voicemail messages played by the prosecution included references to K-1 and 1099 tax forms.

“She’s desperate to get these critical documents to clear her name and get on with her life,” Ramnaney said. “They never gave her what she asked for. They kept stonewalling her and stonewalling her.”

He continued: “Nobody ever changed their emails or phone numbers. They didn’t even use a spam filter because they wanted to know what she had to say. They wanted to know what she knew.”3

Lynch’s attorney also

made an issue during the trial of Cohen’s acknowledgement that he’d had a sexual relationship with his former business manager but hadn’t disclosed it during a pretrial hearing. He described it as a “brief intimate relationship” but said it wasn’t romantic, …4

The Sentencing

Lynch could face up to five years in jail after being convicted the charges, all of which are misdemeanors.5

While the LA Times story notes only that “a sentencing hearing is expected next week,” a post by Marie Mazur, webmaster of Speaking Cohen, on LeonardCohenForum specifies that “sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday April 17.” In the meantime, Lynch Lynch, who was arrested March 1, 2012 continues to be held in custody at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in lieu of $25,000 bail.

The Snarky Headline Of  The Day

… goes to KPCC, whose story headlined is titled So long, Kelley Lynch: Woman found guilty of harassing Leonard Cohen. The article also includes videos of Cohen performing “Everybody Knows” and “Hallelujah” at Coachella 2009.

The  Testimony Least Likely To Be Disputed

The Associated Press reports that

[Leonard Cohen] said he stopped considering her [Kelley Lynch] a friend after learning millions of dollars had disappeared while she was his manager.

 Credit Due Department: Photo from Skate All Cities.

  1. From Leonard Cohen’s Ex-Manager Guilty Of Harassment, Violating Orders by Hailey Branson-Potts (Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2012) []
  2. See Leonard Cohen Testimony In Kelley Lynch Harassment Trial Covered By Music Press []
  3. From Leonard Cohen’s Ex-Manager Guilty Of Harassment, Violating Orders by Hailey Branson-Potts (Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2012) []
  4. Jury Convicts Woman Of Harassing Leonard Cohen by Anthony McCartney (Associated Press, April 13, 2012) []
  5. Jury Convicts Woman Of Harassing Leonard Cohen by Anthony McCartney (Associated Press, April 13, 2012) []

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