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Celebrity photographer who has worked with David Bowie denies harassing family of Jewish bakers 

Celebrity photographer Leon Paul Lecash who has worked with David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow denies harassing family of Jewish bakers

  • Leon Paul Lecash is accused of sending abusive letters to Jewish baking family 
  • He denies harassment and says the letters were a ‘technique’ for a documentary
  • Lecash is credited as the photographer on a number of iconic 80s album covers 
  • He is said to have worked with David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow 

A former photographer who has worked with stars including David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow has denied harassing a family of Jewish bakers.

Leon Paul Lecash, 69, who lives in Chelsea, allegedly sent abusive letters and emails to members of the Rinkoff baking dynasty including 64-year-old Esther, Debora, Jennifer and Ray Rinkoff.

The film producer denies this was harassment, and said during his police interview the letters and emails were a technique he was using for a documentary on the Rinkoff family.

Rinkoff’s, established in 1911 by Ukrainian Jewish refugee Herman Rinkoff, is a family-run business based in the heart of the East End. 

Lecash is credited with being the photographer on a number of iconic album covers from the Eighties, including Rod Stewart’s Body Wishes LP, Barry Manilow’s Paradise Café, Jermaine Jackson’s Dynamite and Crimes of Passion by Pat Banetar.

He also worked with David Bowie and Jefferson Airplane before becoming a TV and film producer. 

Leon Paul Lecash allegedly sent abusive letters and emails to members of the Rinkoff baking dynasty including 64-year-old Esther, Debora, Jennifer and Ray Rinkoff

Lecash is credited with being the photographer on a number of iconic album covers. He also worked with David Bowie and Jefferson Airplane before becoming a TV and film producer

Lecash is credited with being the photographer on a number of iconic album covers. He also worked with David Bowie and Jefferson Airplane before becoming a TV and film producer

Prosecutor Nathan Fuller said: ‘The complainants have all received messages from Mr Lecash by email or letter.

‘Each of these messages contain abusive language.

‘The messages themselves, the defendant does not deny sending.

‘The defendant maintained it was sent to get interest for the documentary he is making on the family.

‘They contain defamatory language and allegations against the individual members of the family.

‘He claims they were not harassing, they were part of his freedom of the press, and they were a technique for a documentary he was making.’

Others named in the harassment charge include lifestyle manager Sarah-Jane Adler, former bakery supplier Geoffrey Kluman and business consultant Victoria Hoskyns.

Lecash appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court dressed in a navy blazer and blue shirt.

Rinkoff's, established in 1911 by Ukrainian Jewish refugee Herman Rinkoff, is a family-run business based in the heart of the East End

Rinkoff’s, established in 1911 by Ukrainian Jewish refugee Herman Rinkoff, is a family-run business based in the heart of the East End

The charge alleges that Lecash ‘pursued a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment of Sara Jane-adler, Esther Rinkoff, Debora Rinkoff, Jennifer Rinkoff, Geoffrey Kluman, Ray Rinkoff, Victoria Hoskyns and which you knew or ought to have known amounted to the harassment of them in that sent messages through electronic devices and written letters’ between 16 December 2020 and 29 March 2021. 

Lecash denies harassment without violence.

He was released on bail on the condition he does not contact any of the complainants.

Lecash is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a two-day trial on 30 January next year.

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