Cher sues Sonny Bono's widow Mary for royalty retention

Chergo after the widow of her late ex-husband and musical partner, and if she and Sonny Bono wrote a song about it… Cher could have called it “The Cheat Goes On”.

The singer filed a complaint against Marie Bono Wednesday in federal court, alleging that Sonny’s widow had withheld royalties from 1960s Sonny and Cher hits … such as “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On”.

According to legal documents … Cher claims that when she and Sonny divorced in 1975, they agreed to an equal share of their music royalties and signed an agreement to that effect when they settled the divorce in 1978.

Cher alleges that Mary has tried to undo her ownership of these rights and royalties in recent years.

If you’re not familiar… Cher married Sonny in 1964 – she was his second wife – and the duo enjoyed huge success with their songs, as well as “The Sonny & Dear Comedy Hour” in the early ’70s before. to separate.

Cher pursued a successful solo career in showbiz, while Sonny went on to become a California politician. He married Mary, his fourth wife, in 1986 … and married her when he died in a skiing accident in 1998.

Cher and Mary would have gotten along well after Sonny’s death, but things have clearly calmed down … now Cher is suing for at least $ 1 million in damages and wants a judge to declare the 1978 divorce settlement. separating the music royalties is still enforceable in the future.

We reached out to Mary… no response yet.

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