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Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen testifies about harassing voice mails

April 9, 2012 |  1:14 pm

Kelley Lynch, left

Singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen took the stand again Monday in the trial of his former business manager, who has been accused of making harassing phone calls and sending him and others thousands of emails.

Voice mails that prosecutors say are from Kelley Lynch, 55, were played in court Monday, the second day of the trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Lynch has pleaded not guilty.

Cohen, the prosecution’s first witness, testified that several voice mails and emails from Lynch mentioned the Aryan Nations and accused Cohen of using drugs. He said Lynch sent emails about him to numerous people, including many he did not know.

“It’s not a pleasant sensation,” Cohen said. “Ms. Lynch routinely accused me of being a drug addict and many other things. Of course I didn’t like it, and I felt my reputation was being assailed and the reputation of my family.”

The 77-year-old singer told the jury Friday that he had had a business and personal relationship with Lynch for about 17 years. At one point, he said, they had a “brief” intimate relationship. He said he fired her as his business manager in 2004.

In his opening statements Friday, Michael Kelly, a public defender representing Lynch, said the case "is very much about relationships and how relationships oftentimes get messy."

Lynch is being held at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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Photo: Kelley Lynch, left, a former business manager for singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court with her public defenders Nikhil A. Ramnaney, middle, and Michael Kelly, right, on Friday. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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