Leonard Cohen‘s former manager Kelley Lynch has been found guilty of harassing the singer.
Lynch, who is 55 years old, was also convicted of violating court orders forbidding her to contact the singer, after a campaign of expletive-strewn emails and letters. She was convicted yesterday (April 12) at a court in Los Angeles, reports BBC News.
Cohen, who is now 77 years of age, severed all ties with Lynch in 2004 after he accused her of stealing $5 million from him and he sued her in 2005. He had previously told the court that his former manager made up lies claiming he was a drug addict in order to destroy his reputation.
He also said that she had accused him of tax evasion and perjury in a series of messages, which the claimed had made his life “a complete and utter living hell”. He added that the voicemail messages would sometimes be 10 minutes in length and that Lynch said he “needed to be taken down and shot”. Lynch now faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced.
The 55-year old’s lawyer Nikhil Ramnaney had claimed that the messages were prompted by the loss of her career and that they were actually “cries for help”, rather than threats.
Cohen announced a one-off UK outdoor show for later this year earlier this week. The singer, who released his 12th studio album ‘Old Ideas’ in January, will headline a new event put on by the promoters of Hop Farm Festival, which is named A Day At Hop Farm.
The show takes place on September 8 at Hop Farm Country Park in Kent and will have a capacity of around 10,000. Cohen will play a three-hour set and will also have a full supporting bill playing before him. It will be Cohen’s only UK show of his 2012 world tour.