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Cohen testifies about ex-manager's harassment

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CANADIAN icon Leonard Cohen testified last week against his former business manager, Kelley Lynch, who is charged with harassment after allegedly leaving vicious voice-mail messages and sending thousands of emails to the Montreal musician, in violation of restraining orders against her.

Lynch had been ordered to pay Cohen $9.5 million following a lawsuit in 2005, when Cohen accused her of swindling millions from him over more than a decade. Cohen testified as the prosecution's first witness and said the harassing calls and emails to his attorney, himself and others he knows began shortly after he fired her as his business manager in 2004.

"It started with just a few now and then, but it eventually accelerated to 20 or 30 a day," Cohen said Friday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. According to the 77-year old, Lynch's contact attempts included 10-minute phone messages and 50-page emails. Cohen testified that because of these threats, he has become increasingly conscious of his surroundings. Lynch has pleaded not guilty.

-- Postmedia News

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 11, 2012 C2

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