Cher has filed a lawsuit against the widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono for allegedly withholding royalties from their 1960s hits like “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On,” according to Deadline. Mary Bono, Bono’s fourth wife, filed a $1 million lawsuit in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Cher claims Mary has worked to “undo” her rights and royalties for the music the former duo created together, and she wants to be compensated for it. Cher and Bono divorced in 1975 after thirteen years together, six of which they were married. Chaz is their only child. Bono died in a skiing accident in 1998.
Cher has previously spoken about the difficulties she faced during her marriage to Sonny, her co-host on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. Cher admitted to Vanity Fair in a 2010 interview that Bono struggled with the fact that she rose to fame during their marriage. “When we were together, he told me, ‘One day you’re going to leave me.’ You’ll go on to accomplish great things. Cher said, “He wrote me this poem, and I wish to God that I had kept it.” ‘You are a butterfly, meant to be seen by all, not kept by one,’ he said. ‘If he hadn’t had such a tight grip—such a tight grip—I wouldn’t have left him.’ Cher also claimed Bono “did a couple of things… treating me more like the golden goose than his wife.”
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