Monday, November 23, 2015

What Are The Results Of The City Attorney's Investigations Into Their "Witness," Leonard Cohen?

From: Kelley Lynch <>
Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 8:30 PM
Subject: Re: Subject: FW Re: FYI - Read before you make assumptions and draw judgments
To: "*irs. commissioner" <*>, Washington Field <>, ASKDOJ <>, ": Division, Criminal" <>, "Doug.Davis" <>, Dennis <>, MollyHale <>, nsapao <>, fsb <>, rbyucaipa <>, khuvane <>, blourd <>, Robert MacMillan <>, a <>, wennermedia <>, Mick Brown <>, "glenn.greenwald" <>, Harriet Ryan <>, "hailey.branson" <>, Stan Garnett <>,, Opla-pd-los-occ <>, "Kelly.Sopko" <>, Whistleblower <>, Attacheottawa <>,


Let's see what the results of the City Attorney's investigations into their "witness" contain.  They must have the tax information Cohen failed to provide me, IRS, and FTB as well.


On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 8:29 PM, Kelley Lynch <> wrote:

Mike Feuer,

I would like the results of all your investigations into my "unsubstantiated allegations."

Kelley Lynch

On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 7:53 PM, Kelley Lynch <> wrote:

IRS, FBI, and DOJ,

Let Cohen call her to the witness stand to GUESS about service.  I'll cross examine Ann Diamond on her declaration.  I also have Cohen's emails and Van Penick's letter to his sister-in-law (ME) about the molestation allegation Lorca Cohen made at Concordia.  Ann can also guess about CIA MKULTRA.  I have Cohen's own statements (and emails) re., some of his more fascinating tales.  That would include Bay of Pigs, etc.  


On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 7:52 PM, Kelley Lynch <> wrote:


Cease and desist.  Cohen can put Ann Diamond on the stand to guess about service and I'll cross-examine her on her declaration.

I have been clear with IRS, FBI, and DOJ:  you personally belong in prison.

Kelley Lynch


1.                 I am a citizen of Canada. I also am known by the literary pseudonym Ann Diamond. I
have known Leonard Cohen for approximately thirty-eight years.  I have known Kelley Lynch since approximately 2008.  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 herein.
2.                 In May 2008 I received an email from Kelley Lynch, who was then living in Colorado.
I had read the 2005 news stories alleging she had stolen Cohen’s retirement fund. Knowing Cohen, I had always wondered about her side of the story. Over the next few weeks we corresponded. She came across as sensible and rational, but clearly furious about the accusations of embezzlement which she denied. She was sending out hundreds of emails to the media, FBI, DOJ, IRS etc. and copied some of our personal emails to her internet audience. Since her working relationship with Cohen in 1988 began at approximately the time I stopped seeing him, she filled in some blanks and provided some insight into problems I had subsequently had. I identified with her to the extent that it seemed we had both been close to Cohen at one time, but had serious disagreements with him. When we ‘mutinied’ he used his personal power, oratorical skills and media contacts to damage us professionally and personally. Because Lynch’s side of the story had been ignored in the media, I ended up writing an account (“Whatever Happened to Kelley Lynch”) which I posted on my blog in August 2008. Two weeks later I received a letter from Robert Kory demanding I take down the blog or be sued for libel. Because I was far away in Greece, and did not know Kelley Lynch personally, I felt I had to comply. Kelley continued circulating the text of my article over the internet and many people have now read it. A paraphrased version appears in Sylvie Simmons’ biography of Cohen, I’m Your Man, where my article[Ann Diamo1]  is credited in the footnotes.  See Exhibit A attached hereto and made a part hereof (“Whatever Happened to Kelley Lynch”).
3.                 I met Leonard Cohen through a mutual acquaintance in Montreal in November 1977,
when I was 26 and he was 43. He was still married, but legally separated, from his wife Suzanne with whom he had two children. Leonard Cohen was known as a ladies’ man around our neighbourhood of Montreal, but he had just brought out a new record, Death of a Ladies’ Man (with Phil Spector) and a book of poems (Death of a Lady’s Man) which seemed to send a message he was turning over a new leaf. We saw each other a few times over the next two years, on occasions when he came into Montreal from Los Angeles. Our relationship was more than a friendship. There was a strong sense of personal connection. Early on, I realized I was interested in him as a mentor or teacher, not necessarily as a lover or boyfriend.  Soon after we met, he introduced me to his “old friend” Hazel Field, a woman about my age, who acted as if she was in charge of Leonard’s relationships with women. This resulted in my seeing him mostly in private, rather than joining his circle of friends.
4.                 In 1979 I travelled to Greece, where he had invited me to meet him on the island of
Hydra. I was on Hydra for three and a half months, thanks to a small arts grant from the Canadian government. In 1980, I received another arts grant and was on Hydra writing a novel from December to September 1981. Leonard was also there for the entire year. In the fishbowl of Greek island life, I observed his complicated relationships with women younger than myself. However when I went out with other men, he began telling me we were getting married. This became a “theme”, although it seemed more like a way to make sure I didn’t wander off. He spoke with great conviction, making it hard to know what to believe.
5.                 In 1982 he suggested I go to Mount Baldy Zen Center, outside Los Angeles, to meet
Zen Master Sasaki Roshi. By then I was ready to move on and end our relationship, which had become ambiguous and confusing. He had hinted he was interested in sado-masochistic sex, which did not interest me. I was disturbed by his secret world that involved lots of deception and emotional cruelty. The Roshi (who initially told me I should “marry Leonard Cohen”) was helpful and encouraged me to think Leonard was still a “good friend.”
6.                 I returned to Montreal where a friend had offered me an apartment he was giving up.
It was small, pleasant, with incredibly low rent. My friend was not aware he was living next door to Leonard Cohen. Montreal’s economy was depressed and low rent was a big factor in allowing me to survive on a freelance income over the 12 years I lived there, especially after I quit my teaching job. During those years I saw Leonard only occasionally, usually by accident in the street, but sometimes he phoned or I phoned him. Our relationship was distant but cordial, but there also were a few tense incidents. His daughter Lorca was a concern. At age 10 she asked me to help her write a book about her father. When Leonard found out he banned me from talking to her. Another source of tension was Hazel Field’s presence on the block. Hazel is a famous gossip and spread damaging rumours about me that no one would ever repeat to me. Leonard remained generally friendly to me and once assured me if I was the subject of gossip it was just due to “jealousy.”
7.                 In March 1992, for the Montreal Gazette I interviewed Leonard’s close friend,
Canadian poet Irving Layton on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Before I left Layton remarked that he was pleasantly surprised to meet me and “find out you’re nothing like the violent, psychotic woman I’ve been hearing about all these years.” He first denied, but later admitted the source was Leonard Cohen. This came as a shock. I sent Leonard an angry fax, then regretted it and phoned to apologize. It was the first and only time I ever telephoned his Los Angeles number, but he accused me of being the anonymous caller who had been harassing him for weeks. He avoided answering my question. I was left with the impression that he had told certain people I was a “dangerous psychotic” while allowing me to think nothing was amiss. From then on, I realized he had a higher-than-average capacity to deceive people, even those he called ‘friends.’ Perhaps he liked pandering to people’s fantasies, or maybe he liked creating chaos. Or maybe this was his way of controlling people by divide-and-rule.
8.                 In autumn 1993 his daughter Lorca, then 19, was enrolled in the BA program at
Concordia. She was living in Leonard’s building on the corner of our street with a group of her friends. Soon after she arrived she knocked on my door and asked if she could speak to me about something important. I hadn’t seen her in five years, and she looked drastically different from the last time: she was covered with tattoos and piercings and had dyed her hair black and purple. I had a deadline to meet, so I asked her to come back another time but she never did. A few months later I met her with Leonard in the park. She was returning to Los Angeles. Later I was told she had overdosed on heroin and had dropped out of university, but I had been unaware of all these problems when they were happening.
9.                 In summer 1995, Freda Guttman, who had been Leonard’s first girlfriend when they
were both teenagers, stopped me in the street and asked point-blank if I thought Leonard had molested his daughter from the age of four, as Lorca had told her friends. Based on things I had witnessed over 8 years, I thought it was possible. I went home and didn’t get out of bed for two days – the only time in my life that I experienced that kind of emotional paralysis. I suddenly realized the wild, extreme stories circulating about me were probably a tactic to discredit and isolate me in case I ever talked about Lorca. In fact, I knew very little about Lorca because I almost never saw her, but Leonard feared she had confided in me. He had set me up as a female bogeyman as a useful distraction. The stories about me had spread far and wide, thanks to Hazel’s media contacts including with a gossip columnist. The publishing industry was going through a major spasm from which it has never recovered and I become one of many journalist-casualties.
10.             In May 1996, I travelled to Los Angeles and stayed at Rinzai Ji Zen Center for six
months. I had a grant to write a novel (Dead White Males, DC Books, 2000), which I did while staying in a house across the street from the Zen Center. I also hoped to talk to Leonard and resolve some issues – I later realized this was naïve. This visit to Roshi’s centre was different from other times when I stayed as a practicing, rent-paying resident. Many of the monks and nuns seemed to have abandoned the Roshi (then 89) and gravitated to Leonard Cohen, who had moved into a cabin on Mount Baldy. I gathered he was seen by some as a possible dharma successor to the Roshi. The atmosphere had also changed for the worse. After Leonard spoke to her about me, a nun rushed at me in the kitchen and physically pushed me out the door. During the six months I was there, I never made a phone call or any attempt to speak to Leonard about the unresolved business between us that included child abuse and destructive slander. The atmosphere was instantly so tense, I decided to do nothing.  I rode my bike around Los Angeles and worked on the novel. Nevertheless, Leonard reported to the center director that I was now “phoning him every day from Culver City.” This was not the first time he assumed I was harassing him when I was not: I didn’t even know where Culver City was. Without any evidence, people believed Leonard. His word is the Gold Standard for Truth with his followers. Wherever he goes, from Greece to Montreal to Los Angeles, he finds people who are willing, even eager, to work for him without compensation, and will obey his instructions blindly in return for the honour of knowing him. His persuasive gifts and charm are well-known and can be hard to resist.
11.             Those who mutiny, like Kelley Lynch and me, receive the opposite treatment. Nothing
I say or do has been a match for the cliché of the “Scorned Woman” – or “jilted ex” who goes on a rampage to avenge her rejection. As Goebbels said, if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes truth. I have learned the hard way that Leonard Cohen is a very gifted and skilled fabricator who does not back down even when confronted with evidence of his lying. His manipulative skills are exceptional and almost suggest early training in psychological warfare, including strategies such as putting people in “double-bind” situations so they will discredit themselves.  As a friend, he can be very kind and generous, but soon becomes utterly fixated on control. He demands total loyalty. He is a master manipulator. Once he has decided you are too “mutinous” and a potential future threat, he becomes ruthless and will go to great lengths to see you neutralized and destroyed. Like his neo-con heroes, he believes in and practices “pre-emptive strikes.”
12.             In 2001, I wrote a book-length blog which I posted on line. This was due to my being
targeted for years by false stories that I had stalked and harassed Cohen who allegedly did not even know me. I felt my 20-year history with him made for a memoir which was also a documentary of the post-60s era and the transition to conservative values, in which Leonard Cohen had played a part. I posted this 300-page, detailed narrative and added internal links which were hard to navigate. I installed hit counters on every chapter so I know with certainty of 6000+ who found the book, only about 70 read to the end where I mentioned my chance meeting with Freda Guttman who repeated Lorca’s allegations that her father had molested her. In summer 2003, I received a letter from Leonard’s lawyer Van Penick asking me to remove the paragraph, which I did. A few months later, I deleted the entire blog.
13.             Did Kelley Lynch rob Leonard Cohen of millions, and if so, how did she end up
penniless and bit homeless? I can’t believe Leonard Cohen – a shrewd judge of character -- would employ a personal manager for 17 years, form a close relationship with her and her family, put his children in her care, and appoint her to deal with his daily business, unless she was diligent, extremely intelligent and impeccable in her conduct. His version requires us to believe he is a trusting, incompetent fool, which he is not. In my view, baseless slander and outrageous gossip have played a huge role in what should have been a straightforward legal matter.
14.             In my experience Leonard Cohen draws on a pool of unstable, addicted, celebrity-
worshipping acquaintances who serve as his unofficial bodyguards and ‘back-up band’ to his fanciful tales and ambiguous statements. Long ago, I came to the conclusion there are two distinct Leonard Cohens. The secret Leonard Cohen has doubtful ethics, and lives off the brilliance and charm of the public personality.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.
Dated:  25 April 2015                                                 _______________________________
                                                                                    ANNE JULIA MCLEAN