Cher has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Sonny Bono’s widow, alleging she is owed royalties.
Cher has sued Sonny Bono’s wife Mary Bono, alleging that she is withholding $1 million (£731 million) in royalties from the singing duo’s hits.
Cher has sued the widow of her former singing partner Sonny, alleging that she is withholding $1 million (£731 million) in royalties payments.
Cher, 75, sued Mary Bono, 59, in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, claiming she “has endured and will continue to sustain damages in an amount not now known but believed to exceed $1 million.”
The move is intended to ensure that she receives her fair share of royalties from their music, which includes legendary singles like I Got You Babe and The Beat Goes On.
Sonny, whose full name was Salvatore Bono, and Cher married in 1967 and became a musical powerhouse.
They broke up in 1975, but decided to split the profits from the songs they recorded together.
The Bono Collection Trust, led by Mary Bono, allegedly utilized a section in the 1976 Copyright Law to terminate Cher’s royalty rights without her knowledge, according to the lawsuit.
Mary Bono, Sonny’s fourth wife, utilized “a wholly inapplicable statutory termination provision of the Copyright Act of 1976” to “remove (Cher’s) ownership of her profits from the songs and recordings that she and Sonny made famous during their marriage,” according to the lawsuit.
Cher has also been “deprived of long-established rights under the 1978 agreement,” according to the petition.
The Bono Collection Trust informed Cher’s representatives last month that the heirs’ notice of termination also ended the stream of composition royalties given to her by Sonny Bono in 1978. As a result of the heirs’ statutory termination, her right to those royalties is terminated, and the heirs will no longer pay her or her Veritas Trust, according to the lawsuit.
Icon of music Sonny’s second wife was Cher. After they divorced, Sonny married two more times before marrying his fourth and final wife, Mary Whitaker, in 1986. When Sonny died in a skiing accident at Lake Tahoe in 1998 at the age of 62, they were still married.
Soon after, Mary Bono was named administrator of the late musician’s estate.
Sonny & Cher were among the most popular pop singers of the 1960s, and their hit variety show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, helped them gain even more popularity in the 1970s. Following their breakup, Cher went on to have a successful film career and several solo music songs, including. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.