Cher sues ex-husband Sonny Bono’s widow over song, record revenue

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Cher has sued her former music partner and the widow of ex-husband Sonny Bono over royalties for Sonny and Cher’s songs. I got You Babe And the beat Goes On.

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In a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Cher alleged that former Representative Mary Bono and the other defendants attempted to overturn provisions of the trade agreements that occurred when Cher and Sonny Bono divorced in 1975, each had 50 percent of the songwriting rights and recording royalties.

The lawsuit states that Sonny Bono’s heirs filed notices in 2016 that they were terminating some of their song licensing agreements, but that they “did not terminate, and did not terminate” their agreements with Cher.

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The breach of contract lawsuit alleges that Cher caused damages totaling at least $1 million.

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Mary Bono’s lawyer said the family’s move was within their rights and the law.

“The Copyright Act allows Sony’s widow and children to reclaim Sony copyright from the publishers, which they did,” attorney Daniel Schacht said in a statement. “Representative Bono is open to continuing a private discussion about this, but we are confident that, if necessary, the court will confirm his position.”

Cher, 75, Grammy, Oscar and Emmy winning singer and actor best known for singles hits, including Accept and film roles crazy, began performing as a duo with Sonny Bono in 1964. The two later did a TV variety show. They were married from 1969 to 1975.

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Sonny Bono became mayor of Palm Springs and later California Congressman for the area. He died in a skiing accident in Lake Tahoe in 1998 and his fourth wife, Mary Bono, won his seat.

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