The singer Cher sued Mary Bono, widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono, because she is allegedly keeping the income derived from the copyright of the duo “Sonny & Cher.”
Cher and Sonny married in 1964 and started an artistic duo that achieved great commercial success during that decade, with songs like “The Beat Goes On” and “I Got You Babe”, until their divorce in 1975 dynamited the musical couple and they decided to share all the royalties from their songs in half.
Later, Cher continued her career as an actress and singer while that Sonny got into politics as a congressman of the Repulican Party for California and married Mary Bono, his fourth wife until she died in 1998 from a ski accident.
Now, Cher has filed a complaint in Los Angeles because she assures that the widow of her ex-partner has been withholding the income that corresponds to her for the use of the songs of “Sonny & Cher” for years. .
Sonny and Cher met when she was 16 years old. Shortly after they got married. Their relationship lasted until 1975. (Supplied)
“When they were divorced, Plaintiff and Sonny agreed to an equitable division of their common property and, to that end, in 1978 Sonny irrevocably assigned to the plaintiff, as sole proprietor in the world and in perpetuity, fifty percent of her rights “, says the lawsuit.
The singer argues in her lawsuit that Mary has unilaterally broken the contract prior and agreements with record companies, which has meant depriving Cher of her intellectual property rights.
The lawsuit, filed in the Federal Court of Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, asks $ 1 million in compensation for damages.
Mary Bono, who inherited the seat from her husband and was California’s representative in the US Congress until 2013 , has declined to comment on the conflict.