Cher sues Sonny Bono’s widow for breach of contract, claims she did not receive royalties paid

Share feet lawsuit against Marie Bono in Los Angeles on Wednesday, claiming sony bonoThe fourth wife and widow is illegally withholding her proceeds from Sonny & Cher’s megahits in the 1960s.

In court documents obtained by Fox News, a 75 year old singer The former congressman allegedly violated a contract signed by Cher and her ex-husband after them divorce. Sonny, whose real name is Salvatore Bono, married Cher in 1967 and they rose to success as a musical duo. They split in 1974.

The documents cite the “1978 Marriage Settlement Agreement” that Sonny and Cher entered into after their separation. Scheer claims that the exes “agreed to an equal division of their communal property.”

When they separated, Plaintiff and Sony agreed to an equal division of their community property, and to this end, in 1978, definitively allotted to Plaintiff, Sony, as its sole and separate property worldwide and in perpetuity, fifty percent of their rights in music copyrights, and the proceeds of recordings, and other assets,” according to what was stated in the filing.

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Sony & amp. Cher, 1965.
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He continues: “Since 1978, Plaintiff has been the undisputed owner of fifty percent of all music compositions and recording royalties to which the Plaintiff and Sony were entitled to due to their collaboration and marriage, including fifty percent of all royalties made by Sony, his businesses, and his successors receive from those compositions. and musical recordings.

It’s been more than 40 years since this agreement was made, and now, Cher’s legal team claims that Sony’s widow “claims that the wholly unenforceable statutory termination clause of the Copyright Act of 1976… has nullified the claimant’s ownership of her proceeds from the songs and recordings she She said that she and Sony became famous during their marriage and deprived the plaintiff of other rights established under the 1978 agreement.”

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Sonny died in 1998 after a skiing accident. Marie Bono was appointed manager of the late musician’s estate soon after.

According to the lawsuit, Cher formed The Veritas Trust in 1990, where 50% of equity will go to her. Although it now claims that “in or about 2016 the heirs, or the majority of them, with the assistance or participation of Wixen, issued a notice of termination to various music publishers or other companies to whom Sonny granted a transfer or license renewal of copyright, or rights under , in musical compositions. The Notice to the Inheritors has set various effective dates for termination ranging from 2018 to 2026.”

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Court papers claimed that the termination was issued “without Cher’s knowledge or participation.”

Cher performs at Madison Square Garden on December 4, 2019 in New York City.

Cher performs at Madison Square Garden on December 4, 2019 in New York City.
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At some point last month, representatives of the Trust managed by Mary also allegedly terminated “the series of royalties that Sony assigned to the plaintiff in the 1978 Marriage Settlement Agreement, and as a result, the legal termination of the heirs terminates her right to those royalties.”

Cher now claims that Mary refused to pay her and her trust fifty percent of the royalties she owed and gave up her consent rights, among other things. It claims damages exceeded $1 million and is seeking a jury trial.


Mary Bono did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

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