Published Apr 13, 2012Earlier this week, we learned that Canadian songwriting legend Leonard Cohen had testified against his former business manager, Kelley Lynch, saying that she had harassed him and that he feared for the safety of himself and his family members. Evidently his testimony worked, since she has now been found guilty.
Lynch has been convicted on two counts of leaving or sending harassing or obscene messages, and five counts of violating a restraining order that was placed on her last year. All of these charges are misdemeanours, and focused on Lynch's actions since 2011. She could face as much as five years in prison.
Cohen previously sued Lynch in 2005 for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from him, and placed a restraining order against her in 2011. She subsequently violated that restraining order by reportedly sending him hundreds of emails and voicemails, many of a threatening or accusatory nature.
Lynch's lawyer said that the ex-business manager, who briefly had an intimate relationship with Cohen, was simply venting her frustration at losing her job, and claimed that the prosecution had exaggerated the volume of emails. Evidently these arguments weren't enough to convince the jury that Lynch wasn't a threat to Cohen.
Hopefully, now Cohen can get back to promoting his latest album Old Ideas.