Why Cher is suing Mary Bono, Sonny Bono’s widow, for $ 1 million

Singer, actor and entrepreneur Cher is in the middle of a lawsuit against Mary Bono, the widow of Sonny Bono. Sonny Bono was Cher’s ex-spouse and the father of one of her children. He has also been her musical collaborator and TV show co-host. Here’s everything we know about the trial so far.

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Cher has filed a lawsuit against Sonny Bono’s widow, Mary Bono, for unpaid “Sonny & Cher” royalties

According to USA Today, on October 13, Cher filed a lawsuit against Mary Bono, the widow of her ex-husband, Sonny Bono. Cher is suing Bono for royalties on songs she did as part of the musical duo Sonny & Cher.

Cher’s lawsuit accuses Mary Bono and others of trying to end the business deals Sonny and Cher made when they divorced in 1975. Their deal entitled them to 50% of the recording royalties and writing songs for their songs, including hits like “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On”.

The lawsuit alleges that in 2016, Sonny Bono’s heirs requested the termination of some of his song license agreements. But according to Cher, her heirs could not have legally terminated his agreements with her.

The “Believe” singer is suing for damages totaling at least $ 1 million.

Mary Bono, Chesare Bono and Sonny Bono.

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Daniel Schacht, Mary Bono’s lawyer, says the widow and her family are in their legal rights and owe Cher no compensation.

“Copyright law allows Sonny’s widow and children to reclaim Sonny’s copyright from the publishers, which they have done,” Schacht said in a statement. “Representative Bono remains open to continuing a private discussion on this matter, but we are confident that, if necessary, the tribunal will uphold his position.”

Cher and Sonny Bono are driving together in a car.

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Cher and Mary Bono’s relationship with Sonny Bono

Cher first became popular in the music industry as a member of the musical duo Sonny & Cher. Their song “I Got You Babe” reached the Billboard Hot 100 charts. After public interest in Sonny & Cher In decline, Cher has found success as a solo artist with hits like “Alfie” and “You Better Sit Down Kids”. Cher and Sonny Bono also co-hosted an award-winning variety TV show, Time for comedy Sonny & Cher.

The couple married and had a child together, Chaz Bono. They divorced in 1975.

Sonny Bono married Susie Coelho, whom he divorced in 1984, before marrying Mary Whitaker in 1986. He became mayor of Palm Springs in 1988 and a member of the United States House of Representatives in 1994. Sonny and Mary have had two children. together.

Bono died in 1988 after a skiing accident in South Lake Tahoe, California. Cher delivered a eulogy at Bono’s funeral at the request of his widow, Mary. After her husband’s death, Mary Bono was elected to her seat in the House of Representatives, and she was elected to this post seven times.

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