Leonard Cohen's Ex-Manager Found Guilty of Harassment

Kelley Lynch violated protective orders

April 13, 2012 8:35 AM ET
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Leonard Cohen poses during the launch of his new album 'Old Ideas' at Hotel Crillon in Paris.
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Leonard Cohen's former manager has been found guilty of harassing the songwriter by a court in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kelley Lynch has been convicted on five charges of violating protective orders, and for making harassing phone calls and sending thousands of harassing emails.

Lynch worked with Cohen for 17 years, but was fired by the singer in 2004. Cohen sued Lynch in 2005, accusing her of stealing $5 million from his personal accounts and investments. A judge granted Cohen a default judgment, obligating Lynch to pay back $9.5 million. Lynch's systematic and persistent harassment of Cohen began shortly after she was dismissed.

Lynch is being held a detention facility in Lynwood, California in lieu of $25,000 bail. A sentencing hearing will be held sometime next week.

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