Cher Sues Ex Huband’s Wife Mary Bono For $1 Million Over Missing Royalties

Cher is suing the widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono for $1 million in what she says are unpaid royalties that should have been hers.

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

After they split, Sonny married another two times, tying the knot with fourth and final wife Mary Whitaker in 1986. 

They were still married when Sonny died in a skiing accident in Lake Tahoe in 1998, aged 62.

Initially Cher and Mary Bono got along well, with Mary inviting Cher to deliver a eulogy at Sonny's funeral.

But in recent years the relationship has soured, and on Wednesday Cher, 75, sued Mary for what she claims are missing royalties.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles federal court, accuses Mary Bono of illegally withholding royalties from such 1960s hits as 'I Got You Babe' and 'The Beat Goes On.'

According to the lawsuit, obtained ABC News, Cher and Sonny agreed to split revenue from the songs recorded together.

Cher's attorneys allege that in recent years Mary 'has undone' Cher's ownership of those rights and royalties.

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