Cher has filed a lawsuit against Sonny Bono’s widow, alleging that she is withholding royalties generated from the successes of Sonny & Cher.
The Believe singer on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court against Sonny’s fourth wife, Mary Bono, claiming the former Republican congressman is illegally withholding royalties from Sonny & Cher hits such as I Got You Babe and The Beat Goes On, according to the City News Service.
In the lawsuit, Cher alleges that she and her second husband agreed to share the income from their joint songs after their divorce in 1975. Cher’s legal team claims that Sonny’s fourth wife, Mary, “canceled” the ownership of the music superstar over these rights and royalties lately. years. She is claiming at least $ 1 million (£ 729,000) in damages.
The Oscar-winning star married Sonny in 1964 and they rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the Sonny & Cher duo, with musical hits and popular variety TV shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show.
After their professional separation in 1977, they achieved success on their own – Cher as a solo singer and movie star and Sonny as a politician. He was a member of the Congress of the Republic when he died in a skiing accident in 1998 and was replaced by Mary.
Neither Cher nor Mary have publicly commented on the lawsuit.