Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kelley Lynch's Email To Dennis Riordan Re. Leonard Cohen's Testimony, Under Oath, About Phil Spector & A Gun Incident Is Contradicted By Other Versions - Including The District Attorney's

From: Kelley Lynch <>
Date: Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 5:52 PM
Subject: Leonard Cohen's Perjury
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Mr. Riordan,

I am attaching the [Spector] prosecutor's Motion in Limine that is readily available online at LA Superior Court.  Marty never described the alleged incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel in this manner and said it was highly exaggerated.  However, Ed Lozzi was clear:  the valet loves to talk to journalists and authors about this incident.

In this Motion, Phillip allegedly held a semi-automatic to Cohen's chest.  Under oath, in my so-called 2012 trial, Cohen testified that Phillip held an automatic to his head.  This Motion also addresses Ogden becoming Phillip's assistant when I was.

The prosecutor is the individual who introduced Leonard Cohen, Steve Cooley, and Alan Jackson into this situation.  She intentionally elicited testimony about these individuals.  Here's where Streeter questions Cohen about Phil Spector and the gun incident.

Streeter:  Do you recall if also in that voice mail message there was any mention of Phil Spector?  Cohen:  Yes, Phil Spector’s name was mentioned.  Cohen:  And his attorneys; is that right?  Cohen:  I believe so.  Streeter:  Now, is the discussion of Phil Spector something that is common in the voice mail messages that Ms. Lynch has left you?  Cohen:  It’s almost routine.  RT 157-158  Streeter:  What about the email messages that Ms. Lynch has sent you, particularly in the time period of February 2011 to February 2012?  Is the topic of Mr. Spector a common topic? Is the topic of Mr. Spector a common topic?  Cohen:  Yes, it is.  Streeter:  Would you say that that is almost routine as well?  Cohen:  Yes, it is.  Streeter:  Did you have any involvement in the Phil Spector trial?  Cohen:  None, whatsoever.  RT 158 Cohen:  May I qualify that?  Streeter:  Yes.  Cohen:  At the very beginning of the trial, after the – the death of Lana Clarkson was made public, I was visited by two Sheriffs from the LA County.  And they interviewed me as to my relationship with Phil Spector.  My attorney, Mr. Cron, was present at the time.  I told the detectives that Phil Spector had produced an album of mine in 1977, and they asked me about some stories that were circulating in the newspaper about his use of guns in the studio. I told them of my experience.  Then they asked me when I’d last seen Phil Spector.  I said the last I’d seen him was shortly after the record was released, which I think was 1977 or 1978, and I hadn’t seen him since.  When they discovered that I hadn’t seen him since, they were no longer interested in interviewing me and left.  So that has some connection I did have with the trial.  Subsequent to that, I’ve had nothing to do with the trial whatsoever.  Streeter:  Now, when you spoke to the detectives do you know where Ms. Lynch was?  Cohen:  My attorney, Mr. Cron, asked Ms. Lynch to leave the room, so that I think the attorney/client privilege would not be challenged.  Streeter:  But she was somewhere around?  Cohen:  She was in my house.  RT 159

I wasn't at Cohen's house and the detectives should recall meeting me as I was leaving.  Steve Cron was not Leonard Cohen's lawyer.  Cohen gave a BBC interview saying he had recently spoken to Phillip and he wasn't mad any longer.  This is a link to the actual interview.  During my alleged trial, Cohen testified that he never spoke to Phillip again after they recorded together in 1977 so how did he speak with him in 1994?  I can assure you that this never happened.

Here is the excerpt from the BBC radio interview transcript where Cohen says he recently spoke to Spector proving that his testimony about this issue is perjured.

Leonard Cohen

That happened at a very curious time in my life because I was at a very low point, my family was breaking up, I was living in Los Angeles which was a foreign city to me, and I'd lost control, as I say, of my family, of my work, and my life, and it was a very very dark period. And when he got into the studio it was clear that he was an eccentric, but I didn't know that he was mad. He's not mad any longer, I've spoken to him on the phone recently, he's really quite reasonable and calm, but we were, you know, I was flipped out at the time and he certainly was flipped out, my flipped out was, you know, the expression was withdrawal and melancholy, and his was megalomania and insanity, and the kind of devotion to armaments, to weapons, that was really intolerable. With Phil, especially in the state that he found himself, which was post-Wagnerian, I would say Hitlerian, the atmosphere was one of guns, I mean that's really what was going on, was guns. The music was subsidiary an enterprise, you know people were armed to the teeth, all his friends, his bodyguards, and everybody was drunk, or intoxicated on other items, so you were slipping over bullets, and you were biting into revolvers in your hamburger. There were guns everywhere... And at a certain point Phil approached me with a bottle of Manishewitz kosher red wine in one hand and a 45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved a revolver into my neck and said, "Leonard, I love you". I said, "I hope you do, Phil".

Streeter continues eliciting testimony.  At this point she is referring to the April 18th email that includes an email thread with an email to Michelle Rice (addressing tax matters) and the IRS Commissioner's Staff.  I suppose when she noticed that she decided to lie and say she "misspoke."  I have provided IRS with these emails so they may review her questions against the emails themselves.  This is how Streeter elicits testimony from Cohen about Phillip and an alleged gun incident.  Cohen looks over the email and confirms that he was a recipient.  In cross-examination it is prove that this original testimony was perjured because he was not copied on this email.  Streeter wanted Cohen to read the email in the thread addressed to you, Mr. Riordan.  And, let me assure you that for 20 years Cohen advised me that Phillip never held a gun on him.

Streeter:  I have People’s 13.  Now, thinking back to the emails that you received from Ms. Lynch about Mr. Spector, would she use his whole name or would she use part of his name, or did it vary?  Cohen:  It varied, but I think it was usually Phil Spector … Occasionally when she spoke of him as someone she knew well, I think she would call him Phillip.  Streeter:  I’m going to show you an email.  It’s – April 18, 2011.  I misspoke.  It’s at 8.11 AM.  Just look at the first page on the date.  See if that refreshes your recollection.  Let me know when you’ve done.  Cohen:  Yes Ma’am.  Streeter:  Did – does that refresh your recollection as to whether or not you received an email on April 18, 2011 at approximately 8.11 AM in the morning.  Cohen:  Yes, this is the email I received.  Streeter:  See if that email helps you recall whether or not there was any mention of either a Phil, a Phillip, or Phil Spector in the email.  Cohen:  In this particular email, Mr. Spector is called Phillip.  Streeter:  Okay.  And on what page is the email?  What page is the mention of Mr. Spector?  Cohen:  I haven’t studied the whole email, but it begins on the first page.  Streeter:  How many pages is that particular email, Mr. Cohen?  Cohen:  Seven pages … Streeter:  Is your name mentioned in any way with Phillip, Mr. Cohen?  Cohen:  Yes.  It says, Cohen told me Phillip never held a gun on him, and that would support what he told LAPD.  RT 160-161 

Here is Leonard Cohen's testimony, on cross examination, that contradicts the version of this alleged incident used by the DA and the other version Cohen wrote my prosecutor about during the trial.

PD:  Now, I want to talk to you about what you mean by threatened.  You actually -- you were telling us about Phil Spector.  You were testifying about talking to the LAPD.  Cohen:  Yes, Sir.

PD:  And you talked to the LAPD with your attorney, correct?  Cohen:  With an attorney present, yes, Sir.  PD:  And that’s when you asked that – or your attorney – someone asked that Ms. Lynch leave?  Cohen:  The attorney asked that Ms. Lynch leave.  PD:  So when Ms. Lynch left, you started talking about an interview or story about Phil Spector, correct?  Cohen:  Correct.  PD:  And how he would oftentimes have guns when you were producing an album, correct?  He would have guns in the studio when he was producing an album with you?  Cohen:  That’s correct.  PD:  And, in fact, one time you told the detective that, quote – Well, before I go there, was Mr. Spector -- was he drunk at the time when he had these guns?  Cohen:  I don’t remember, Sir.  PD:  Was he hostile at the time?  Cohen:  Not to me.  PD:  Okay.  But he actually put a gun to your head?  Is that correct?  Cohen:  That’s correct.  PD:  It was a revolver?  Cohen:   No, it wasn’t a revolver.  It was an automatic.  PD:  But you weren’t actually -- you didn’t feel threatened when he put a gun to your head?  Cohen:  No, Sir.  RT 308-309

Below is the email Cohen sent to Streeter and Mick Brown's emails confirming that he has reviewed the Grand Jury testimony/statements and Cohen's were presented to the Grand Jury.  I assume the prosecutors presented the same version to the Grand Jury that appear in this Motion.  Please keep in mind that Ann Diamond's article from 2008 confirms that a journalist advised me about Cohen's statements/testimony in the Grand Jury.  Since Cohen threatened Ann Diamond over that article, one can safely assume that he read it.  

In any event, I intend to attach this evidence to the motion I am filing with Judge Hess  It proves that Cohen has a pattern of lying under oath.  I am also attaching IRS evidence that Cohen has not provided me with a 1099 for 2004 and the K-1s from LC Investments, LLC (that they refuse to rescind) are illegal (as I am not a partner on that entity) but the $0 income shown on them for 2003, 2004, and 2005 proves perjury with respect to the fraud ledger.  I would assume that Agent Tejeda, being the head of fraud for IRS in Los Angeles, understands this.

The perjured statements and fraudulent misrepresentations in these legal documents are inconceivable and people belong in prison.  A copy of my motion will be sent to the State Bar, DA's Justice Integrity Unit, Criminal Grand Jury of Los Angeles, IRS, FBI, DOJ, FTB, and you.

All the best,

Excerpt of Prosecutor Sandra Jo Streeter Email to Leonard Cohen
April 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

7.  Did you know Phil Spector?  If so, how?  Did you testify in front of the grand jury?

Phil Spector produced a record of songs we wrote together in 1977.  I have not seen or spoken to him since.  I did not testify before a grand jury.

Leonard Cohen Email to Sandra Jo Streeter
April 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Dear Ms. Streeter,

This is a short note I prepared for a biographer last year.  I know you’ve been burdened with an enormous heap of material, but this rounds off the question you asked about Phil Spector.



Shortly after t death of Lana Clarkson, I was visited in my home by two detectives from the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Detective Paul Fornier, and Detective Richard Tomlin.

Kelley Lynch thought it would be a good idea to have a lawyer present, so she arranged for attorney Steven M. Cron to be there for the interview.  Mr. Cron asked Kelley Lynch to excuse herself, and she left the room.

Apparently the detectives had come across some old interviews I did in 1978 or 1979 in which I spoke of the difficulties of recording Death Of A Lady’s Man with Phil Spector:  the brandishing of guns, armed bodyguards, drunkenness, and Phil’s famous megalomania.  Even though Phil put his arm around my shoulder and pressed an automatic into my neck, except for the real possibility of an accident, I never at any moment thought that Phil meant to do me harm.  In ever felt seriously threatened.  I conveyed this to the detectives.  I said the incident was repeated in the press over the years, with exaggerations, but it was basically just a good rock ‘n roll story.

Then they asked me when I had last seen Phil Spector.
I said it’s been over 20 years.  They were very surprised.  They said they were under the impression we were close friends.  I said no.  Hearing this they thanked me for my time, finished their coffees, and left.  It was clear that I was not to be considered a valuable witness.

I was never approached again by anyone concerned with the case.  Needless to say, I did not testify before a Grand Jury.  

Mick Brown Email to Nikhil Ramnaney
April 10, 2012

Dear Nikhil Ramnaney,

Thank you for your letter.  I’m afraid there has been a misunderstanding here.  At the time, I was writing my book about Phil Spector I was sent copies of material that, as I understood it, had been submitted to the Grand Jury in the Phil Spector case.  Included in this material were (short) statements from Leonard Cohen.

I might well have mentioned to Ms. Lynch that these statements were included in materials presented to the Grand Jury.  However, I do not recall having stated that Mr. Cohen himself had testified to the Grand Jury.  Indeed, I would had no way of knowing whether he had or not.  My feeling is that these statements had not been given by Mr. Cohen personally at the time but were actually taken from one or more statements that he had given in the past concerning his recording sessions with Mr. Spector.

I hope this answers your question.  If it’s helpful, I shall try to find the original material that was sent to me.  If I can be of any more help to you please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Mick Brown
From: Mick Brown <>
Date: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 4:18 AM
Subject: Re: Kelley Lynch Trial - Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector
To: Kelley Lynch <>


I have looked for the documents I was sent in connection with the Grand Jury and been unable to find them. They were sent to me by my friend the journalist and author Carlton Smith, who unfortunately has since passed away. However, I'm sure you would be able to access them from the same source as Carlton did. My understanding is they were/are on the public record.

I do not recall ever saying to you that Cohen himself had testified. If I did, it was my mistake. My recollection is that the statement from Leonard Cohen was the same  statement that had already appeared in media interviews, pertaining to the incident in the studio during the recording of 'Death Of A Ladies Man'. My recollection is that it was on a single sheet of paper. I have no idea whether Leonard Cohen personally made this statement to the DA, or whether - and I suspect this is the case - that quote had simply been taken from previously published interviews 

There was no mention of any statement attributed to Cohen in either of the two subsequent trials.