Cher filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Wednesday against former rep Mary Bono, alleging that the widow of the former partner / husband of folk-pop duo artist Sonny & Cher is illegally withholding royalties from 1960s hits. like “I Got You Babe” and “The The Beat Goes On.”
According to the lawsuit, after Cher and Sonny Bono divorced in 1975, they agreed to share the income from songs recorded together. Cher’s attorneys allege that in recent years Sonny’s fourth wife and widow, Mary Bono, has canceled Cher’s ownership of these rights and royalties.
Attempts to reach Mary Bono were not immediately successful.
Cher and Sonny Bono married in 1964 and began performing as Caesar and Cleo, before moving on to the more popular Sonny & Cher. In addition to their music, the couple built their stardom via television, performing on the CBS 1971-74 variety show, “The Sonny & Dear Comedy Hour”.
Their careers as a duo waned in the mid-1970s, although each was successful on their own – Cher in films such as “Mask” and “Moonstruck ‘” and Bono as a California politician.
Sonny Bono was mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992 and a Republican congressman from 1995 until his death in a skiing accident in 1998. He was replaced by Mary Bono, who served until 2013.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, seeks at least $ 1 million in damages.