Cher files lawsuit against widow of ex-husband Sonny claiming she is withholding royalties

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Cher files lawsuit against Sonny’s widow Mary Bono claiming she is withholding $1million in royalties from pop duo’s hits

  • Cher, 75, filed the swimsuit against Mary Bono, 59, in LA federal court docket on Wednesday
  • Cher claims the widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono is withholding royalties 
  • The singer is in search of $1 million from Mary from Sonny and Cher’s Nineteen Sixties hits 
  • The songs embody such classics as ‘I Got You Babe’ and ‘The Beat Goes On’
  • Cher’s attorneys say her 1975 divorce from Sonny assured shared rights 
  • Mary Bono is but to answer Cher’s claims that she had ‘undone’ Cher’s rights 



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Cher is suing the widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono for $1 million in what she says are unpaid royalties that ought to have been hers.

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The singer was married to Sonny Bono from 1964-75, and was his second spouse, and half of their wildly profitable musical double act. 



After they cut up, Sonny married one other two instances, tying the knot with fourth and remaining spouse Mary Whitaker in 1986. 

They have been nonetheless married when Sonny died in a snowboarding accident in Lake Tahoe in 1998, aged 62.

Initially Cher and Mary Bono received alongside properly, with Mary inviting Cher to ship a eulogy at Sonny’s funeral.

But lately the connection has soured, and on Wednesday Cher, 75, sued Mary for what she claims are lacking royalties.

Cher, seen in October 2020, on Wednesday sued Mary Bono, the widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono

Mary Bono, who was married to Sonny Bono from 1986 until his death in 1998, has not responded to Cher's allegations

Cher, seen in October 2020, on Wednesday sued Mary Bono, the widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono and Cher are seen in 1973, performing on their CBS television show 'The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour'

Sonny Bono and Cher are seen in 1973, acting on their CBS tv present ‘The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour’

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The swimsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal court docket, accuses Mary Bono of illegally withholding royalties from such Nineteen Sixties hits as ‘I Got You Babe’ and ‘The Beat Goes On.’

According to the lawsuit, obtained by ABC News, Cher and Sonny agreed to separate income from the songs recorded collectively.  

Cher’s attorneys allege that lately Mary ‘has undone’ Cher’s possession of these rights and royalties.

When Sonny died, he was serving as a Republican congressman for California following an election victory in 1995.

He had been elected mayor of Palm Springs from 1988-92.  

Mary, now 59, ran for election to her late husband’s seat shortly after his demise, and served from 1998 to 2013. She is now a political advisor. 

She is but to answer DailyMail.com’s request for remark. 



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