LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cher has sued the widow of her former musical partner and ex-husband Sonny Bono over royalties for Sonny and Cher songs including “I Got You Babe.”
Cher filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that Mary Bono, and other defendants, tried to end provisions of business agreements Cher (and Sonny Bono) reached in 1975 when they separated. These agreements entitled Cher to 50% of their respective songwriting and recording royalties.
The Associated PressThe lawsuit claims that Sonny’s heirs filed in 2016 a notice claiming they were terminating some of the singer’s song licensing agreements. But, the agreements that Cher had with him “didn’t terminate, and couldn’t have been terminated.”
Cher was allegedly damaged by the breach of contract lawsuit.
Mary Bono representatives did not respond to an email requesting comment.
Sonny and Cher were together from 1967 to 1975.
Sonny was killed in a skiing accident at Lake Tahoe in 1998.