Jail then, for the Scorned Woman who nicked a load of Len's dough while he was up a mountain drinking whiskey with his guru. Personally I am very thankful to this crazy lady, as she forced Len out of retirement which meant I got to see him play live three times, once in a castle in Scotland. And he seemed to be having a wonderful time also. Everything in its place.
Last week, Leonard Cohen's former business manager was found guilty by a Los Angeles court of harassing the 77-year old singer. Kelley Lynch had violated restraining orders, and deluged Cohen with a litany of threatening emails and phone calls. The Guardian reports that Lynch has now been sentenced to 18 months in prison, five years' probation, and is banned from owning weapons for the next 10 years. She will also be subject to a psychological evaluation at the end of next year.
According to the Guardian, Cohen said, "It gives me no pleasure to see my one-time friend shackled to a chair in a court of law, her considerable gifts bent to the service of darkness, deceit and revenge... I want to thank the defendant Ms Kelley Lynch for insisting on a jury trial, thus exposing to the light of day her massive depletion of my retirement savings and yearly earnings, and allowing the court to observe her profoundly unwholesome, obscene and relentless strategies to escape the consequences of her wrongdoing.
He continued, "It is my prayer that Ms Lynch will take refuge in the wisdom of her religion. That a spirit of understanding will convert her heart from hatred to remorse, from anger to kindness, from the deadly intoxication of revenge to the lowly practices of self-reform."
For her part, Lynch admitted, "I do believe that I have engaged in excessive and unauthorised rambling," according to the Guardian.
Judge Robert C. Vanderet stated, "No person should be subject to that kind of targeting by anyone."
Watch the video for Cohen's "Show Me the Place" below: