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

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Cher files a lawsuit against Representative Mary Bono – the widow of the star’s ex-husband Sonny – alleging she is withholding $1 million in royalties from the hits of folk-pop duos

  • Cher, 75, filed charges against Mary Bono, 59, in LA Federal Court on Wednesday
  • Cher Claims Her Ex-Husband Sonny Bono’s Widow Is Withholding Royalties
  • The Singer Is Demanding $1 Million From Mary Of Sonny And Cher’s Hits From The 60s
  • The songs include classics like ‘I Got You Babe’ and ‘The Beat Goes On’
  • Cher’s lawyers say her 1975 divorce from Sonny guaranteed shared rights
  • Mary Bono has yet to respond to Cher’s claims that she ‘undoed’ Cher’s rights










Cher is suing the widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono for $1 million in unpaid royalties that should have belonged to her.

The singer was married to Sonny Bono – his second wife, and half of their hugely successful musical double act – from 1964-75.

Bono married Mary Whitaker for the fourth and final time, and the couple tied the knot in 1986.

They were still married when Bono died in 1998 at age 62 in a skiing accident in Lake Tahoe.

Initially, Cher and Mary Bono got on well, with Mary inviting Cher to deliver a eulogy at Bono’s funeral.

But in recent years, the relationship has soured, and on Wednesday Cher, 75, sued Mary Bono for what she believes to be missing royalties.

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, Wednesday sued Mary Bono, the widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono and Cher are featured in their 1973 CBS TV show 'The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour'

Sonny Bono and Cher are featured in their 1973 CBS TV show ‘The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour’

Sonny Bono and Cher were married from 1964 to 1975.  Cher said that when they divorced, they agreed to share the royalties from their '60s hits

Sonny Bono and Cher were married from 1964 to 1975. Cher said that when they divorced, they agreed to share the royalties from their ’60s hits

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal court, accuses Mary Bono of illegally withholding royalties for ’60s hits like “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On.”

Mary and Sonny Bono are pictured in 1989

Mary and Sonny Bono are pictured in 1989

According to the lawsuit obtained by ABC news, Cher and Sonny Bono agreed to split the revenues from the songs recorded together.

Cher’s lawyers allege that Mary Bono “undoed” Cher’s ownership of those rights and royalties in recent years.

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

He was elected mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992.

Mary Bono, now 59, ran for the seat of her late husband shortly after his death and served from 1998 to 2013.

She is now a political advisor.

She has not yet responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

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