Leonard Cohen delivered a heartfelt statement in Los Angeles Superior Court today at the sentencing of Kelley Lynch, his former business manager. She stole millions from him, then harassed him and his family, and in his comments to the court Cohen thanked Lynch for insisting on a jury trial so that it would all go on the record. He also thanked the judge for "the elegant manner in which these proceedings have unfolded. It was a privilege and an education to testify in this courtroom."
"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," Cohen continued. "I fear that her obsessive commitment to these activities as soom as Ms. Lynch is released, therefore I will be grateful for whatever respite the court will allow my children, ny grandchildren, my friends and associates, and myself."
In addition to the harassment trial, Cohen had sued Lynch in 2005, accusing her of stealing millions of dollars from him. Lynch was ordered by a judge to pay $9.5 million to Cohen.
Lynch was fired in 2004 after working for Cohen for approximately 17 years. They also had a past sexual relationship.
Despite his harsh words for Lynch in his statement, Cohen expressed some small degree of sympathy for his former business associate and companion.
"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," Cohen said.
Lynch gets 18 months in county jail plus assorted other penalties and psychological oversight.