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Cher sues heirs of Sonny Bono’s Widow in LA

SONNY BONO CHER
Pop TV performers Sonny Bono and Cher pose on the set of their Motion Pictures International comedy “Good Times” in Hollywood, Ca. on May 19, 1966. Cher, who turns 20 on May 20, is wearing a 20-karat diamond and sapphire ring that her husband, Sonny, 31, presented as an early surprise. (AP Photo)

Cher, the 75-year-old Grammy, Oscar and Emmy winning singer and actor, is not happy with the heirs of Sonny Bono’s estate.

Cher and Bono made beautiful music together, along with having 1 daughter during the marriage.

Chasity Bono is an advocate in the trans community and no longer goes by her birth name, she prefers Chaz Bono.

Cher has sued the widow of her former musical partner and ex-husband Sonny Bono over royalties for Sonny and Cher songs including “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On.”

In a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Cher alleges that former Rep. Mary Bono and other defendants have attempted to terminate provisions of business agreements Cher and Sonny Bono reached when they divorced in 1975 that entitled each to 50% of songwriting and recording royalties.

The lawsuit says that Sonny’s Bono’s heirs filed a notice in 2016 that they were terminating some of the song licensing agreements, but they “did not terminate, and could not have terminated” his agreements with Cher.

The breach-of-contract lawsuit alleges that the damages to Cher total at least $1 million.

Sonny Bono became the mayor of Palm Springs and later a California congressman.

Mary Bono has not filed a response to the lawsuit.