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Cher recordsdata lawsuit in opposition to widow of ex-husband Sonny claiming she is withholding royalties

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Cher recordsdata lawsuit in opposition to widow of ex-husband Sonny claiming she is withholding royalties
Cher recordsdata lawsuit in opposition to widow of ex-husband Sonny claiming she is withholding royalties


Cher recordsdata lawsuit in opposition to Rep. Mary Bono – the widow of star’s ex-husband Sonny – claiming she is withholding $1million in royalties from folk-pop duo’s hits

  • Cher, 75, filed the swimsuit in opposition to 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 looking for $1 million from Mary from Sonny and Cher’s Sixties hits 
  • The songs embrace such classics as ‘I Bought You Babe’ and ‘The Beat Goes On’
  • Cher’s attorneys say her 1975 divorce from Sonny assured shared rights 
  • Mary Bono is but to reply to Cher’s claims that she had ‘undone’ Cher’s rights 










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.

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

Bono married for the fourth and remaining time Mary Whitaker, with the pair tying the knot in 1986. 

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

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

However in recent times the connection has soured, and on Wednesday Cher, 75, sued Mary Bono 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’

Sonny Bono and Cher were married from 1964-75. Cher said that when they divorced they agreed to share the royalties from their hit 1960s songs

Sonny Bono and Cher have been married from 1964-75. Cher mentioned that after they divorced they agreed to share the royalties from their hit Sixties songs

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

Mary and Sonny Bono are pictured in 1989

Mary and Sonny Bono are pictured in 1989

In response to the lawsuit, obtained by ABC Information, Cher and Sonny Bono agreed to separate income from the songs recorded collectively.  

Cher’s attorneys allege that in recent times Mary Bono ‘has undone’ Cher’s possession of these rights and royalties.

When Sonny Bono 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 Bono, now 59, ran for election to her late husband’s seat shortly after his dying, and served from 1998 to 2013.

She is now a political guide. 

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

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