Leonard Cohen may never see $9.5 million from ex-manager

Published: 2006-03-06
Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has been awarded $9.5 million from his former manager Kelley Lynch, but he may never see the money.

Cohen's attorney Scott Edelman told the Associated Press that, "She's hard to get in touch with. I don't know where she lives now, and I don't have a phone number." He added that, "we don't know what she did with the money, but she knows what's going on because she leaves me phone messages at all hours."

Cohen had filed a lawsuit for fraud, negligence, and breach of contract against Lynch, alleging that she siphoned off $5 million of his money between the years of 1988 and 2004, leaving him with a mere $150 000 'nest egg' for retirement.

Lynch also allegedly refused to return personal items such as photos, records, and other memorabilia, even though there was a court order for her to do so. Edelman says he was eventually forced to take back these items by force.

Also named in the lawsuit was lawyer Richard Westin, who is accused of helping Lynch with the sale of his Cohen's publishing company and artist royalties to a company that Lynch owned 99.5% of. Westin settled out of court, but details of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement.

Last moth the 71-year-old was inducted into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame, along with his songs "Hallelujah," "Bird on a Wire," and "Everybody Knows."

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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