Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kelley Lynch's Email To The Criminal Stalker Who Appears To Be Moonlighting As Leonard Cohen's Lawyer Re: Agent Luis Tejeda/IRS

From: Kelley Lynch <>
Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 3:16 AM
Subject: Fwd: Your email dated 2/25/2015 12:51 AM
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Cc:, Jeffrey Korn <>, "Division, Criminal" <>, "*IRS.Commisioner" <*>, "Kelly.Sopko" <>

cc:  Stephen Gianelli, Stalker 

Stephen Gianelli, 

Cease and desist.  You have not entered a formal entry of appearance in any Leonard Cohen matter related to me and I have been exceedingly clear with Jeffrey Korn that he, or another Cohen attorney of record, are the parties who should address these questions, comments, legal opinions, etc..  I intend to file my motion in Case No. BC 338322 in the next few days, will hand deliver a copy to Agent Tejeda/IRS with a copy of your email regarding him, and ask him to please explain the facts contained in the motion and evidence vis a vis this criminally harassing email that I view as yet another attempt on your part to threaten, intimidate, and harass me over my pursuit of legal remedies.  I am aware that your "colleagues" at the City Attorney's Office, such as Sandra Jo Streeter, would like to silence me and see my pursuit of legal remedies "abate."  I will address that with the federal court.

You have sent me countless harassing emails lately.  You continue to criminally harass Los Angeles resident Paulette Brandt who advised you years ago to cease and desist.  You copied my sister on a recent email to Vivienne Swanigan of the City Attorney's office knowing that you spoke to my sister's attorney, Jim Walker, who advised you years ago to cease and desist.  You have relentlessly targeted and harassed my sons, including my younger son as a minor.  I am well aware that the prosecutor in my alleged 2012 trial doesn't believe, unlike FBI, that parents should view all adult strangers targeting their minors as potential predators.  She thinks that might "annoy" Leonard Cohen.  My sons have been clear with you.  They do not want to hear from you.  My younger son advised you that these emails (which you were, at that time, coordinating with Cohen fan, Susanne Walsh, and others) made him ill and Rutger advised you to SHUT UP.  He wrote not that long ago, in response to another email with Swanigan copied in, that he thinks you and Walsh are "thunder buddies" who stay up nights making these slanderous fabrications up.

I do not actually know Alan Hootnick, whose emails you have forwarded me, and have no idea why you are slandering me to a stranger in Chile.  I have noted online that Alan Hootnick is very pro Phil Spector, in terms of his innocence, and apart from that I do not have an interest in your emails with this man.  

Agent Tejeda was meeting with attorneys from the DOJ re .the subpoena I issued during my alleged 2012 IRS Sabotage trial.  I was clear with Judge Hess - I asked him to wait two hours for Agent Tejeda to call us back.  There were concerns evidently about third party privacy violations.  The "IRS Binder" prosecutor Sandra Jo Streeter handed my prosecutors on April 9, 2012 (containing newly discovered evidence re. Cohen's IRS refunds that have now been challenged as fraud; the same is true with FTB), is most certainly not private and the index will be attached to my motion as evidence that federal tax matters continue to be argued before LA Superior Court.  Robert Kory's absurd declaration in response to my motion to  vacate is evidence of that.  You have written me that IRS required form 1099 (that Cohen has not provided me for 2004) is not his obligation based on a 2006 judgment that does not state that it is retroactive.  You have written that Cohen is not obligated to provide me with corporate federal tax information for 2004 and 2005.  The judgment appears to be ambiguous based on that inane interpretation and a State Court Order cannot subvert IRS reporting and filing requires.

Do not contact me again.  The lengths you have gone to target me, my family, friends, witnesses, etc. is completely out of control and evidence that you are "moonlighting" and clearly on someone's payroll.  Your harassing emails are evidence that you are indeed representing Cohen legally and providing me with legal matters related to his alleged defenses.  Cohen has no defense re. the fact that i was not served the summons and complaint and he continues to lie about those matters.  It is also abundantly clear that this lawsuit and judgment have been used to obstruct justice and the fraud restraining orders to prevent me from requesting IRS required information; Cohen using them as an excuse to not provide me with IRS required information; to discredit and defame me; and, bizarrely enough, to argue that I am not permitted to effect service upon Cohen's legal representations or the Registered Agent of LC Investments, LLC.  Cohen understands that he owns 100% of that entity but refuses to rescind the illegal K-1s that undermine the fraudulent financial ledger and prove perjury.  The 2003, 2004 and 2005 LCI K-1s transmitted to IRS and State of Kentucky show $0 income for those periods.  The ledger shows income.  Cohen has argued that I was not entitled to commissions for services rendered if he deposited royalties (related to assets owned by Blue Mist Touring Company, Inc.) to his personal account.  I have his email proving otherwise.  Perhaps Agent Tejeda would like to explain these, and other extremely material issues, vis a vis the evidence.  He might also like to see the evidence that Cohen offered me settlements; including 50% community property; and Cohen/Kory understood in May 2005 that I had reported the allegations of Cohen's criminal tax fraud to Agent Bill Betzer on April 15, 2005.  Agent Tejeda must be aware of the fact that I did not report those allegations to him in March 2007 since Agent Sopko, Treasury, advised me that she discussed this matter with him.  

I suppose Agent Tejeda could explain the 1977 tax memo advising Cohen that he doesn't have to pay taxes in Canada, U.S., or Greece and cautioning him not to have a green card while advising him to funnel royalties into off-shore accounts.  Perhaps Agent Tejeda would like to explain Cohen's Amro Bank account in Netherlands or numerous social security numbers.  Agent Tejeda could also take a look at the Case History (and evidence; most of which was presented to IRS Commissioner's Staff) attached to my Motion to Vacate and explain what he believes has gone on and why Cohen refuses to provide me with a formal accounting that includes corporate ownership interests (equity), assets, and liability.  Agent Tejeda can also explain why Cohen's personal transaction fees (totaling $3 million according to his complaint and not contained on the TH 2001 federal tax returns) are Traditional Holdings, LLC expenses.  Or why, with those fees figured in, Cohen's loans from TH total approximately $6.7 million and he understood (when he signed the December 2000 Annuity Agreement) that his loans had to be repaid with interest.  In fact, Agent Tejeda can explain why I am included as a partner on TH federal tax returns for the years 2001, 2002, and 2003.  He can explain why Cohen's lawyer prepared them in that manner and failed to file State of Kentucky tax returns (per Cohen's complaint).  Another thing Agent Tejeda could address is why the 2001 TH federal tax returns failed to report $8 million in income (recoupments also; less delivery requirements re. personal service contracts); why the 2002 TH federal tax returns (using a separate ID number) extinguish my promissory note; and why the 2003 TH federal tax returns extinguished the private annuity obligation.  My accountant and lawyers brought that information to my attention and I have been exceedingly clear about that fact. 

Another thing Agent Tejeda could ponder:  whether my lawyers were correct that Cohen had to argue recission/fraud in order to unwind these sham entities and defend himself against allegations of criminal tax fraud.  Agent Tejeda could also confirm if my lawyers were correct:  the penalties and interest re. the tax fraud on TH came to approximately $10 million as of the fall of 2004.  The State of Kentucky thought the IRS should go back to the date Cohen originally obtained his green card (1970) and audit.  

If Agent Tejeda is indeed the head of fraud for the Western Division of the United States, I believe he should understand what parrots realize now:  that Leonard Cohen's tax fraud is egregious; he has stolen from me and others; and why Canada's national treasure cannot live in Canada.  I'm not certain if he'll be able to explain why prosecutor Streeter lied about IRS matters, attended sidebars where he was discussed, called the iRS matters a ruse; what her jurisdiction is over those issues; whether or not my lawyer was correct - that she was attempting to sabotage IRS and discredit me; why she advised the judge that there was an IRS holding re. the default judgment when there is not; and why she advised jurors that I have IRS required information when I do not.  He might find her closing statements about IRS and FTB of interest.  Evidently no one knows the difference and I know the difference between a K-1 and 1099 which means I violated a non-existent "domestic violence" order willfully even though the Boulder Combined Court advised me for years that the 2008 order expired on February 15, 2009.  They advised Paulette of that as well.  Once Agent Tejeda reviews Kory's letters defending his client (and understands they are not IRS opinions), he will probably realize that Cohen and his lawyers have used these fraud orders to discredit me; prevent me from requesting IRS required tax and corporate information; are being used to argue that Cohen cannot transmit IRS required tax and corporate information; and were actually used to argue that I cannot effect service on Cohen's legal representatives or a Registered Agent of LCI.  Maybe he'll know why Blue Mist Touring Company, Inc. continues to list my former POB as its place of business.  I would hope he understands the evidence of corporate ownership interest:  stock units, stock ledgers, corporate records including minutes, non-revocable intellectual property assignments; agreements and documents Cohen signed - including my TH Indemnity Agreement that I demanded; and, the federal tax returns and tax documents.

He could also phone Steven Machat to ask him why he believes Cohen uses corporations to evade taxes; falsely accuses people of ripping him off to breach contracts; should have ripped up his green card and returned to Canada; and is a hustler who uses religion to con people.  I attach the below comments for Agent Tejeda's review.  Also, a transcript of Steven Machat and my conversation re. Cohen's "theft" from me, Machat, and Phil Spector, and other issues.  I don't know if Agent Tejeda could explain why Cohen aligned himself with Spector's DA (Steve Cooley) or why the City Attorney's prosecutor elicited testimony from Cohen (prior to my lawyers cross-examining him over one of the three Spector gun stories now before LA Superior Court - including the one incident he testified about during my trial under oath. during my trial.  My lawyers couldn't figure it out but one suggested that the City Attorney wanted to sabotage IRS, discredit me, and the DA didn't want the Spector verdict overturned.  Perhaps Agent Tejeda could speak to that lawyer.  I would be more than happy to specifically authorize that.  

In any event, Agent Tejeda can simply review my motion.  I'll also send copies to DA's Justice Integrity Unit, Criminal Grand Jury of Los Angeles, Department of Justice, and attach it to copies of State Bar Complaints.  Finally, Agent Tejeda can download my blog and listen to Paulette Brandt and my little internet radio interviews.  Agent Tejeda could conclude that there is egregious criminal witness tampering, witness intimidation, etc. taking place and will be able to review a schedule where I confirm what statements of Neal Greenberg's Complaint (as memorialized for Boies Schiller who reviewed three huge boxes of evidence and realized Cohen owes me millions and noted that he's another "Hollywood fraud" who they thought should be "taken down," legally I suspect) re. legal conspiracy, bribery, witness tampering, witness intimidation, etc. 

I've copied Cohen's lawyer, Jeffrey Korn, on this email.  If he has any questions, he can hit Reply All and ask them.  He will be served the Motion asking Judge Hess to refer Leonard Cohen to the appropriate authorities in this matter.  For the record, Cohen testified on March 23, 2012 that I never stole from him - just his peace of mind.  I don't now if Agent Tejeda will actually believe that Cohen was really talking about my potentially stealing a potted plant from his porch.  I'm within the 3 year statute period.  No one else believes that's why Cohen testified in that manner but I don't know how Agent Tejeda perceives things.  I've spoken with him and know you're name dropping him, threatening me with him, and have misspelled his name repeatedly. 


Kelley Lynch

Ann Diamond Draft Article for Rolling Stone:

Kelley Lynch & Steven Machat discussion (confirmed by Machat himself) re. Leonard Cohen and Phil Spector, evidence, theft, etc.

Kelley & Paulette Radio Interviews:

Re:  Leonard Cohen (Ann Diamond weighs in on Cohen's allegations re. CIA MK ULTRA mind control.and Cohen's personality, threats to her personally, how he operates, etc.)

Re:  Phil Spector and why we know he's innocent

Kelley Lynch

Ann Diamond - Draft Article for Rolling Stone (NOTE:  Cohen threatened her over this one day, in the midst of his European tour, before his dramatic flight into Boulder, Colorado to obtain yet another fraudulent TRO).

Whatever Happened To Kelley Lynch by Ann Diamond

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Whatever Happened to Kelley Lynch?

Kelley Lynch is the woman accused in 2005 of skimming millions from singer Leonard Cohen’s retirement fund. I knew of her through friends of Leonard Cohen, and had heard her described in glowing terms as the agent who, singlehandedly, saved Cohen’s career in the 1990s.
In early May of this year, Lynch suddenly contacted me. She said she was mainly interested in my perceptions of Cohen as a former friend and next door neighbour in Montreal. At one time I also studied with his Zen Master in California, and had spent time with him on Hydra, Greece.

Not having heard her side of the story (I doubt that anyone has, apart from a circle of her closest friends), I was curious. Over the next few weeks, she shared several documents pertaining to the case including an affidavit written and signed by her older son, Rutger.
Together, they paint a picture very much at variance from the sketchy media image of Lynch as a reckless, delusional woman on the brink of a career meltdown. Lynch's own timeline also includes disturbing behind-the-scene dealings that suggest she may have been set up to take the blame for Cohen's tax situation.

The following account is based on what Lynch has sent me --

Since 2005 when she became the object of media gossip, little if anything has been heard from Kelley Lynch.

A single mother with two sons, Lynch was Leonard Cohen's personal manager from approximately 1988 to 2004, and was known for her skill, hard work, and dedication. Until 2004, Kelley lived and worked in Los Angeles where she still has many friends and acquaintances in the entertainment world including Phil Spector and Oliver Stone.

Her own account of the events that wrecked her career, varies widely from the media portrait of a reckless, delusional woman in the throes of a personal meltdown. The meltdown was real, however. By late December, 2005, Lynch had lost custody of one son and was homeless and living on the streets with her older son, Rutger, who witnessed the chain of bizarre events that had begun a year earlier. 

In 2004, Lynch owned a house in Brentwood, and still worked for Cohen, who owed her money for royalties and other services, but was increasingly involved with his new girlfriend, Anjani Thomas, ex-wife of Cohen’s attorney, Robert Kory.
In retrospect, Lynch believes she was set up by Cohen and his representatives to help cover up a tax situation which made the IRS “nervous.” In September 2004, Cohen’s attorney Weston told Lynch that a financial entity known as Traditional Holdings, LLC could be overturned by the IRS. Lynch, who had been selected as a partner on the entity, became uneasy and consulted a new accountant, who referred her to tax lawyers, who found irregularities in Cohen's tax history, both in the US and Canada where he has residences.

Rattled by what she was hearing – that she was being dragged into criminal tax fraud -- Lynch called the IRS in Washington and also contacted their website. An IRS collection agent advised her to call the Fraud Hotline, which she did.

Told that any further action on her part might implicate her in fraud, Lynch refused to meet with Cohen or turn over the corporate books. At that stage, Cohen’s advisers began claiming that certain payments, distributions, or advances made to her were actually "over-payments." Lynch says their accounting was incomplete and ignored her share of intellectual property, unpaid commissions and royalties, and share in Traditional Holdings, LLC. Apparently Lynch had also been issued K1 partnership tax documents and made a partner on another Cohen investment entity, LC Investments, LLC, without her permission or awareness.

Lynch says an increasingly nervous and desperate Cohen was pressuring her to agree to mediation and told a friend of hers that Lynch was "the love of his life." She and Cohen had had a brief affair in 1990, but Cohen now was offering her 50% of his "community property" as well as "palimony" through lawyer Robert Kory at a meeting attended by Lynch's legal representatives and her accountant, Dale Burgess. To Lynch, none of this made sense at the time.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office received an anonymous tip informing them that Lynch was a friend of producer Phil Spector, whom Lynch maintains is innocent. Cohen, on the other hand, had given an interview in which he described a gun-waving Spector who threatened him during recording sessions in 1977.

At around the same time he was offering her “millions”, Lynch says, Cohen was also circulating slanderous stories about her. She believes Cohen encouraged Los Angeles record producer Steve Lindsey, the father of her son Ray, to initiate a custody suit – on May 25, 2005, the same day a 25-man SWAT team from the LAPD, acting on a bogus 911 call, suddenly cordoned off her street and surrounded her home in response to a "hostage taking."

Earlier that morning, Lynch says, her 12 year old son Ray woke up not feeling well. She sent an email to his school informing them she was keeping him at home. When the boy's father found out Ray was home he became agitated and abusive over the phone to Lynch.

Lynch says she had young people who worked for her coming and going that day, and did not want Ray’s father coming to the house and attacking her, as he had in the past. She called her older son Rutger, who was visiting a friend nearby, and asked him to pick Ray up and take him down the hill where actress Cloris Leachman waited in her car. Leachman, a friend of Lindsey, took charge of Ray – just as seven LAPD squad cars came speeding up Mandeville Canyon Road in the direction of Lynch’s house. With them was Ray’s father, Steve Lindsey.

Lynch says she looked out the window and saw armed men on her lawn. Her son Rutger and his friends were telling police there was no hostage-taking, that they had spent the morning with Lynch, and that there must be some mistake. For reasons no one understands, LAPD/Inglewood PD decided to believe Steve Lindsey, who had left the scene.

Police later gave varying explanations about what led up to the incident. West LAPD said they responded to a report that someone heard "shots fired." But a company that oversees SWAT said Lynch would have to have a superior caliber weapon to warrant such a high risk entry. A member of the SWAT team claimed to have seen a note that Lynch’s sister had placed the call stating Lynch posed “a danger to herself and everyone around her.” Her sister denies this.

Lynch stayed inside her house and called her former custody lawyer, Lee Kanon Alpert. She also called Leonard Cohen, assuming he had played a role in the events unfolding on her lawn. Lynch says she knew Steve Lindsey had also been meeting with Cohen and his attorney, and had recently told their son Ray that Lynch was “going to jail,” upsetting the boy. She says Cohen taped the phone call later used in his successful court case against her – for which, Lynch says, she never received a summons.

Lynch says, “Police were on my hillside and crouching under my kitchen window.” She says the standoff on her lawn continued for several more hours, disrupting the neighbourhood. Members of Inglewood Police Department also participated in the operation.
Eventually, she decided to go into the back yard. Seeing her son Rutger acting as a “human shield and hostage negotiator,” Lynch ventured out front with her Akita on leash and joked to the cops: "Who am I supposed to be holding hostage? My dog?"

The police responded by telling her son they would only shoot Lynch and her dog if necessary.

“That was when I dove into the pool.”

SWAT team members searched her house. As they entered, Lynch's African Grey parrot, Lou, called out: "I see dead people!" – further alarming the nervous cops.

Offering her a hand out of the pool, one officer said they were only there to help her and not to hurt her.

“No one asked me if I was all right; no one questioned me about my well-being.” The Medical Examiners Office later wondered how the police had evaluated her. After stating they were not arresting her, they handcuffed Lynch, still in her bikini. On her way out the door, her son managed to hand her a brocade jacket.

Although she lived near UCLA Medical Center, she was taken in a squad car to King-Drew Medical Centre in Watts, 40 miles away and a three-hour drive in traffic. Known as one of America’s worst hospitals, King-Drew was recently closed down as a place where patients routinely die from neglect and medical errors. During the long ride through South Central Los Angeles, Lynch says she was questioned closely about her relationship with Phil Spector, who had been charged with first degree murder of Lana Clarkson. In the car, Lynch voiced concern over what awaited her at the hospital but was told by a woman cop: "This will be good for you."

“I felt I was being kidnapped”.

At Emergency, the admitting psychiatrist administered anti-psychotic drugs without authorization and left Lynch in the waiting area for hours, still in her bikini and brocade jacket, and handcuffed to a chair. A nurse advised her she would be transferred – but did not tell her where. Examining her file, the nurse noticed it listed her as 19 years old with wrong social security number, wrong date of birth, wrong religion, and her name misspelled as "Kelly Lynch" Lynch thinks it was the same file she had seen, several months earlier, in the hands of the Special Investigator who came to question her about Spector.

A second doctor told her to wait her turn to ensure no further harm would come to her, and assured her that nothing in the King Drew report could cause her to lose custody of her child. The following day, she was released after nearly 24 hours in the psych ward.

Back home, Lynch learned that while she was being held at the hospital her younger son's father, Steven Clark Lindsey, had filed for custody of her son Ray Charles Lindsey and obtained a restraining order denying her access to the boy. She says Lindsey attempted to convince doctors at King Drew that she was dangerous, in order to have her committed, She says Lindsey also threatened the psychiatrist who had her released.

On that same day, Cohen’s attorney Robert Kory filed a Declaration in the custody matter, as did Betsy Superfon (a friend of Cohen, Kory and Lindsey who had befriended Lynch a few months earlier ). Superfon later told Lynch she didn't realize what she was signing, and that Cohen had offered Lindsey money “or something else” to take Ray away from Lynch.

Her older son alleges Lindsey offered him money to go to Leonard Cohen's lawyer's office and transfer or sign over Lynch’s house to Cohen or his attorney Robert Kory. Rutger refused and phoned his own father, who advised him to contact a lawyer.

Two weeks later, in early June, as she drove down her street to buy dog food, a Mercedes sped out of a neighbouring driveway and rear-ended her car, Lynch was thrown forward, fracturing her nose against the steering well, and was knocked unconscious. Later, she says, as she drove back up the hill to her home, the same driver was standing in his driveway and called out: “We are watching you” as she passed.

Seeing his injured, bleeding mother enter the house, her older son again phoned his father, who may have called 911. Accounts vary as whether the call referred to an incident of "domestic violence" or a "drug overdose." Either way, police arrived at Lynch’s door for the second time in two weeks. Over the protests of her son, they entered while she was on the phone to a friend, Dr. Wendi Knaak who stayed on the phone talking with Rutger while police again handcuffed Lynch. This time they took her to UCLA hospital where her obvious head injuries were ignored. Instead, she was once again drugged and placed in the psychiatric unit where she remained for several days.

Lynch and her advisors maintain these events were coordinated by Cohen, Kory and Lindsey, with the help of former LA District Attorney Ira Reiner in a well- orchestrated plan to traumatize and discredit her – paving the way for media stories which accused her of skimming millions from Cohen’s retirement fund.

In the summer of 2005, as Lynch was struggling to save her home and protect her child from a father her friends describe as "viciously anti-social" and “violent”, reports of Leonard Cohen's financial troubles hit the press. They alleged the 70-something singer had been scammed by his personal manager, Kelley Lynch, who colluded with an advisor at the AGILE Group in Colorado to send him false financial statements while emptying his accounts of millions of dollars.

Although listed as the owner of Traditional Holdings, the entity in question, Lynch says she never received any statements from the AGILE Group -- who instead had been sending them to Cohen -- having changed her mailing address to Cohen's home in Los Angeles. She has since filed a complaint with the US Post Office for mail tampering.

She insists Cohen sued her because she went to the IRS about his tax situation. She says he is not, and never was, "broke" and that missing funds went to buy homes for his son Adam Cohen and girlfriend, singer Anjani Thomas, ex-wife of Robert Kory. Noting Cohen is famous for his financial largesse and once gave Zen Master Sasaki Roshi $500,000 as a gift, Lynch also cites hefty payments to advisers, various transaction fees, personal taxes, and other monies which may have been sent offshore.

While Cohen and Lindsey attempted to persuade others, including LA Superior Court, that she intended to flee to Tibet or another non-extradition country, Lynch was isolated and penniless and still in Los Angeles. Lynch was former personal secretary to the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a flamboyant Tibetan spiritual teacher who founded Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado in the 1970s, and died in 1987. She says various Tibetan lamas are praying for her safety.

Journalists covering the story were either unable, or didn't bother, to track Lynch down, and most reported Cohen's statements as fact. The NY Times contacted Kelley for a quote which they never printed

By July 2005, Lynch had lost her custody battle and Ray went to live with his father. On December 28, she and Rutger were evicted from the house in Brentwood, and ended up homeless in Santa Monica, which has no resources for the homeless. The Police Department gave her no help and, she claims, laughed when she brought in evidence that she was being stalked by a known serial killer while she camped on the beach.

In 2006, Cohen was awarded a symbolic $9 million settlement in a civil suit against Lynch, who still does not have a lawyer representing her. Corporate books and other evidence of fraud appear to have been overlooked by Judge Ken Freeman in his judgment, Lynch says, although she admits she has not read the court documents and was never served a summons. At the time of the decision, she told reporters she lacked the money to make a phone call. That same year, her older son lost his fingers in an accident with a meat grinder while he was working at Whole Foods in Los Angeles and Lynch could not afford a bus ticket to visit him in hospital.

Lynch heard through a journalist that Cohen later testified for the District Attorney’s office in a secret grand jury relating to the Phil Spector case with former District Attorney Ira Reiner acting as his lawyer. Reiner is a personal friend of Cohen, and as D.A. presided over some high-profile cases including the “Night Stalker” serial killer and the McMartin Day Care scandal.

Recently, on June 17, 2008, Cohen's lawsuit against the Agile Group was thrown out of court for lack of evidence. In response the AGILE Group dropped its counter-suit accusing Cohen of defamation and fraud. AGILE still claims to be shocked that a singer of Leonard Cohen's talent and stature would engage in false accusations against his own representatives.

Lynch believes Cohen and AGILE colluded to defraud her. She continues to deny all allegations against her, and remains hopeful that Phil Spector's lawyer, Bruce Cutler, will represent her in recouping damages to her livelihood and reputation. She now lives in another state and recently learned her younger son, 15, whom she has not seen since July 2005, stopped attending school last January.

These days Cohen’s fans seem to have expended their rage at Kelley Lynch for driving their idol into bankruptcy. Some now say she unwittingly did them a service -- by forcing him to go on tour for the first time in nearly two decades.

At 74, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen continues to ride a wave of sympathy, gathering wide support from the music world and even some British royalty. Unquestionably, his career and finances have benefited from news reports that he is too impoverished to retire.

From his tower of song, Cohen has written:

I smile when I'm angry
I cheat and I lie
I do what I have to do
To get by

And I’m always alone
And my heart is like ice
And it’s crowded and cold
In my secret life

My Secret Life. Leonard Cohen

His many admirers need to listen closely.

Gods, Gangsters & Honour by Steven Machat

Leonard was desperate to get rid of this two managers, Judy Berger and Mary Martin, who he believed had stolen the rights to his songs and records early on in his career.  Even back then, Cohen was convinced that women were ripping him off.  He signed an agreement, and when he wanted to get rid of the contract, he accused everyone of ripping him off.  You could say it became repeat behaviour.  My father duly got rid of Berger and Martin, set up a new company called Stranger Music for Cohen and agreed to manage Leonard for 15% as well as 15% of Stranger.  The idea of the company was twofold:  one, to maintain ownership of the copyrights duly created; and two, to minimise Leonard’s exposure to American tax, just like any other rich individual trying to minimise their tax liabilities.  

I’ve no problem with people trying to avoid tax, but as the years have passed, I couldn’t help but smile at the apparent contradiction between Leonard’s public persona and his private business arrangements.  This was a supposedly devout Buddhist with no interest in material possessions, who was all the same happy to put his trust in business managers and companies he created with his knowledge and consent whose sole aim was to minimise tax liability.  

Leonard then sold Stranger Music for a small fortune and I’ve seen nothing from Cohen.

Cohen controlled his copyright, not my father.  The irony was that Cohen had total control over my father …  Do you know what happened to the $400,000 worth of bearer bonds in my father’s office?  Bearer bonds are just unregistered bonds or paper money that are used to conceal ownership and, with it, tax liabilities.  Cristini told me (who knows if this is true?) that he had found the bonds in my father’s office hours after he had died but the next day they disappeared.

Cohen denied any knowledge of these bonds.  I was unsure if they existed or were part of my father’s schemes cooked up to conceal Leonard’s money.  

Cohen said:  “Steven, you remember the 1988 tour?  Flemming extorted $100,000 from me.  He wanted 20% managerial commission, in addition to his promoter’s fees.  He thought he was doing extra work for me and wanted me to pay him.”

Far from being the poet of the spirits, Leonard was a hustler using Buddhism as a facade.  

The next time I would see Leonard … We’d just seen The Hand That Rocks The Cradle where Rebecca De Mornay plays the psychopathic nanny who stalks this family.  Who should walk along but Cohen, who was holding hands with DeMornay, his girlfriend at the time.  Cohen was extremely uncomfortable because he knew he had stolen from me and it was clear he couldn’t get away quick enough.  Neither could my son, because he took one look at DeMornay and ran.  He was terrified because he thought she was the nanny in the film!

It was clear that Leonard was also wary of me because, I guess, he thought I might be planning to sue him.

Leonard told me that when he had gone off on his Buddhist retreat Kelley was left managing his business interests.  He said:  “She started believing this money was hers and she started spending it.  All of it. 

Then Leonard told me that Kelley had bought a multi-million dollar house in Mandeville Canyon with his money … Leonard said:  We didn’t even get the house back.  Kelley stopped paying the mortgage so the house got repossessed and the mortgage company took everything in the house as well.

Lynch had been sending out long and bizarre emails to his friends, journalists, and the authorities denouncing Leonard for a million and one sins, which would have worried me if I was their target.

The whole scheme was so ridiculous [Leonard Cohen’s attempts to limit his liabilities on the deals] from the start.  All Leonard had to do to avoid U.S. taxes was tear up his green card, and stop living in and using the U.S. as his base.  

It’s no secret that Leonard has also made a killing on the art market by selling his paintings, plus his touring of the last two years … If that’s true, it doesn’t really tally with the clear implication from Cohen that he is a man who has been robbed of everything.

Leonard told me before I left that he had actually offered Kelley a settlement …

It’s clear that Cohen and his lawyers want to heap the blame on Kelley’s shoulders for more than just revenge.  Because Cohen’s pension assets were cashed in … ahead of schedule they are liable to tax so they need to establish that this situation is her fault.  The penalties could actually be greater than the tax itself.  

Leonard has cast himself into a hell of his own making.  

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