Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kelley Lynch's Email To IRS Re: Cohen's Perjured Testimony

From: Kelley Lynch <>
Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:29 PM
Subject: Re:
To: IRS, FBI, DOJ cc:  Multiple Parties


Let's review who handled what.  I've explained the accountants and business managers that Cohen hired.  After Marty Machat's death, I introduced Cohen to Peter Shukat.  I worked for his former partner who I have maintained a close relationship with.  Cohen personally met with, liked, and hired Peter Shukat and his firm to work as his transactional attorneys.  They represented many people in the industry including Miles Davis, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon's estate.  After the first Sony sale, Cohen did not want Peter Shukat handling deal negotiations re. the second Sony sale and other deals he pursued.  Therefore, Greg McBowman (who formerly worked for Sony's Business Affairs and was recommended to us re. auditing by Sony years earlier) recommended Peter Lopez.  Cohen personally
met with Peter Lopez and hired him.  He fired him after the CAK deal he refused to pursue [was aborted].  See the CAK declaration.  Greg McBowman then recommended the Grubman, Indursky firm as they had strong relationships with Sony.  Cohen and I personally met with Arthur Indursky at the Peninsula Hotel, Cohen explained his interest in pursuing a deal with Sony, and after that the three of us met with Don Ienner, President of Columbia.  The Shukat firm continued to handle a number of issues related to book and music publishing, etc.  Leonard Cohen personally met with, liked, and hired Neal Greenberg.  Greenberg then recommended Westin and Ed Dean.  Cohen hired them.  Westin recommended Hochman, Rettig when IRS audited the $1 million prepayment from Sony Cohen received in 1999.

I didn't handle Cohen's financial affairs and Cohen understood that his royalties were only paid through two to four times a year.  The man is a pathological liar.  So is Sandra Jo Streeter who moves back into federal tax matters next.  Keep in mind that she understood we issued a subpoena to IRS Agent Luis Tejeda.


Streeter:  Who kept your books while Ms. Lynch was in your employ?  Cohen:  Her father I believe kept the books.  Ms. Lynch also chose an accountant that participated in the tax preparation.  Streeter:  Can you explain to the Court, the jury, and counsel and I what – when Ms. Lynch was in your employ as business manager, what role you had in taking care of the financial documents?  Cohen:  I had – Ms. Lynch was hired specifically to handle all the business affairs.  I don’t have a real good feel about these things.  And my own work requires a tremendous amount of concentration.  So Ms. Lynch was handling all financial affairs.  She would choose the accountants, the lawyers – everything that had to do with my business was in Ms. Lynch’s hands … RT 82-83

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM, Kelley Lynch <> wrote:


Richard Westin wrote, and I was copied on that email and have a copy, that Cohen should replace Cleveland.  He also noted that up until that time he liked Cleveland.  I also advised Cohen that he should and Westin and I had numerous discussions about that fact.  Cohen personally refused to do
so.  I hired NO ONE for Cohen.


"[Ienner] said, 'Leonard, you know, we love you more than some groups that sell five million copies,'" he recalls. "I said, 'Please love me less, and sell five million copies.' He set himself up for that one. But he said, 'Your integrity and your artistry is something we cherish very highly.' I said, 'Look, I got that part covered. Just treat me like a commodity. That's what I'm interested in. Whether the stuff is any good or great or not, I wrestle over that material all the time. That's not what I'm here for.'
"I was representing myself at this point. [Cohen took over his own affairs after the death of his lawyer.] That was very refreshing and made them rather uneasy because usually the artists don't come in and negotiate the contract. I started undertaking that function. I found it very invigorating and refreshing. I'll never let a lawyer do that for me again. This is one of the bonuses of the whole enterprise, to actually sit with the guys and talk about how much you're worth."