Cher filed a lawsuit against Mary Bono in Los Angeles on Wednesday, claiming that Sonny Bono’s fourth wife and widow illegally withheld their honorarium from Sonny and Cher’s megacities in the 1960s.
In court documents obtained by Acesparks, the 75-year-old singer claims she violated a contract she signed after Cher, a former member of Congress, and her ex-husband divorced. Sonny and Cher, whose real name is Salvatore Bono, were married in 1967 and were successful as a musical duo. They divorced in 1974.
The documents cite the “1978 marriage agreement” signed after Sonny and Cher divorced. Cher claims that the exes “agreed to distribute their property equally.”
“When they divorced, the plaintiff and Sonny agreed to an equal distribution of their property, and to that end in 1978 Sonny handed over to the plaintiff fifty per cent of his rights forever as the sole and eternal property of the whole world. honorarium and other assets, ”the document reads.
He continues: “Since 1978, the plaintiff and Sonny own fifty percent of all musical compositions and record honorariums entitled to partnership and marriage, including fifty percent of Sonny and his business. receive musical compositions and recordings. “
More than 40 years have passed since the agreement was signed, and now Cher’s legal group’s widow, Sony’s “widow’s claim to annulment of the applicable Copyright Act of 1976, which is not applicable in practice, is entitled to royalties from her songs and recordings. and Sonny became famous during the marriage and deprived the plaintiff of other rights that had long been enshrined in the 1978 agreement.
Sonny died in 1998 after a skiing accident. Mary Bono was soon appointed administrator of the property of the late musician.
Cher allegedly founded The Veritas Trust in 1990, where he owns 50% of the royalties. Although, he now claims, “In 2016 or so, the Heirs, or most of them, with Wixen’s help or involvement, reported the dismissal of Sonny to other music publishers or other companies that had transferred or licensed him. renewal of copyrights or rights under them in the compositions.The notice of heirs indicates the period of validity from 2018 to 2026.
The termination decision was made “without Cher’s knowledge and involvement,” court documents say.
Last month, trustees led by Mary also said, “Sonny stopped the flow of award honoraria assigned to the plaintiff under the 1978 Marriage Agreement, and as a result, the legal annulment of the heirs violated these rights. “terminates the right to die.”
Cher now claims that Mary refused to pay him and his trust fifty percent of the debt, and waived his right of approval, among other things. He claims the damage exceeded $ 1 million and is seeking a review by a jury.
Mary Bono did not immediately return a request for comment from Acesparks.