Thursday, June 18, 2015

Clea Surkhang Letter To Judge Robert Hess Re. Leonard Cohen Case No. BC338322

                                                                        14 June 2015

Judge Robert Hess
Los Angeles Superior Court
Department 24
111 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, California  90012

Re:  Kelley Lynch – Case No. BC338322

Dear Judge Hess,

I am writing to confirm that I prepared and provided Kelley Lynch with the declaration attached hereto.  I was unavailable to provide the actual physical signature on this document prior to the date Kelley submitted her Motion for Terminating Sanctions.  I therefore provided her with my limited power of attorney which authorized her to conform my signature on the declaration.  I also provided her with the signature page which I understand she now intends to submit to the Court.  I can attest hereto that the attached declaration, which is identical to the declaration submitted to this Court with Kelley Lynch’s Motion for Terminating Sanctions, was initially submitted with my full authorization and consent.  I am willing to provide the Court with a notarized copy of this declaration if necessary.

I would also like to confirm that, while I was unavailable to attend the January 17, 2014 hearing in this case, I was willing to testify telephonically.  I am still willing to testify telephonically.  I reside in Colorado and am unable to make any personal appearances before the Court.

I would also like to point out what might be viewed as a discrepancy with respect to my name as it appears in the declaration.  My legal name is Clea Westfal.  Yongzin Rinpoche, my husband, uses his family name which is Surkhang.  Therefore, I have signed two different copies of the signature page – one as Clea Westfal and the other as Clea Surkhang – ensure that no further difficulties arise.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at REDACTED.

Thank you.

                                                            Very truly yours,

                                                            /s/ Clea Surkhang Westphal


I, Clea Surkhang, do state and declare as follows:
1.       I am a citizen of the United States who currently resides in Longmont, Colorado.  I am a close
personal friend of defendant, Kelley Ann Lynch.  I am over the age of 18 years.  I have personal knowledge of the facts contained in this declaration and if called upon to testify I could and would testify competently as to the truth of the facts stated here.
2.      I have been a close friend of Kelley Lynch’s for over 29 years.  We met at a Buddhist seminary in
the summer of 1985.
2.      During the mid-to-late 1980s, Kelley and I both lived in New York City.  We saw each other
every week for dinners and spent time with one another over the weekends.  Kelley had a young son at the time and they lived together in a beautiful apartment that she kept spotless.
3.      In 1987, I moved from New York City to Colorado.  Kelley and I remained in close touch and

visited one another when we were able to.  My husband, Yongzin Rinpoche, is also a close personal friend of Kelley’s.
4.      I have spent time substantial time with Kelley over the years, watched her children grow up, and
know that she is a very caring mother.  Her first love is her children. 
5.      I am aware that Kelley worked as Leonard Cohen’s personal manager for approximately 17 years.
She never once indicated that they were having an intimate dating or engagement relationship, brief or otherwise.  Over the years, we have frequently had long girl talks and Leonard Cohen was simply not someone she was ever interested in dating or attracted to.  I specifically recall asking her directly:  “Were you dating?”  “Did you ever find Cohen attractive?”   Her answer was always “No.”
6.      I’ve watched Kelley’s sons, Rutger and Ray, throughout their childhoods.  They are both bright,
good hearted fellows.  Kelley is an amazingly strong, kind-hearted being, who has worked her entire life to help her children, parents, friends, and everyone who needed her assistance.  Her care for others is genuine and profound. 
7.      My husband and I visited Kelley in the late spring/early summer of 2005.  At that time, she was
approximately 5’6”, very thin, had large blue eyes, and wore her hair a very dark shade of brown and extremely short.  I recall this because her appearance had changed radically from the last time I saw her.
8.      Since Leonard Cohen filed his 2005 lawsuit against Kelley , she has continually maintained that
she was not served the summons and complaint.
9.      In the spring/early summer of 2007, my husband and I invited Kelley to stay with us at my
mother’s home in Erie, Colorado. 
10.  I am quite confident in Kelley’s integrity and the fact that she is as professional and
 straightforward in her business dealings as she has been in her friendship.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is
true and correct.  On the 4th day of December 2015, I verbally authorized Kelley Lynch to execute this declaration on my behalf in Los Angeles, California.

                                                                        Clea Surkhang