Left-wing pop star Cher filed a lawsuit against former Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA), the widow of her late ex-husband Sonny Bono, alleging that she is illegally withholding royalties from 1960s hits generated by Sonny & Cher.
Cher filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles against former Rep. Bono, claiming the widow is illegally withholding royalties from hits like “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On,” according to a report by ABC 7. The lawsuit seeks at least $1 million in damages.
The lawsuit says that after Cher and Sonny divorced in 1975, they agreed to split the revenue from the songs they recorded together as a duo.
But the pop star’s attorneys say that in recent years, Sonny’s widow, Mary Bono, “has undone” Cher’s ownership of those rights and royalties. It remains unclear, however, how exactly Mary Bono has allegedly done this.
Cher and Sonny got married in 1964, and eventually began performing together under the name “Sonny & Cher.” The couple had also starred in the 1971-74 CBS variety show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.
After their divorce, Cher continued on with her music career, while Sonny became a Republican politician in California.
Sonny was the mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988 to 1992, as well as a GOP representative in California from 1995 until his untimely death in 1998, after getting into a skiing accident.
At the time of his death, Sonny was married to Mary Bono, who became his successor, and served as a representative until 2013.
While Cher never got involved in politics in the same way her late ex-husband or his widow has, it hasn’t stopped her from continuously ranting about it — many times via all-caps meltdowns on social media.
Last month, Cher — who campaigned for Joe Biden in 2020 — compared the Republican Party to Hitler, and claimed the GOP will “destroy democracy & America from within,” just as “Hitler destroyed Germany from within.”
I??????4??,4 THE RIGHTS OF”ALL”CITIZENS 2 VOTE,& HAVE THEIR VOTES COUNT‼️I Can’t Believe Im Having 2 Say This.I Pray WeGop…,Because,Like Hitler Destroyed Germany From Within,So Will Gop Destroy Democracy,& America From Within.
ps I Pray Boosters Are a Lifeline
— Cher (@cher) September 20, 2021
Cher has also attacked the recently enacted pro-life abortion law in Texas, claiming, “DEMOCRACY WILL WITHER & DIE, & DICTATORS WILL THRIVE,” adding, “WOMEN WILL DIE.”
.BAREFOOT & PREGNANT,WOMEN AT THE MERCY OF TYRANTS‼️WOMEN WILL DIE FROM BACK ALLEY ABORTIONS,SAME AS BEFORE ROE V WADE‼️POOR WOMEN WILL BE HIT THE HARDEST‼️CAREERS VANISH‼️SEXISM,RACISM,
DEMOCRACY WILL WITHER & DIE,& DICTATORS WILL THRIVE
— Cher (@cher) September 6, 2021
The pop star has also downplayed the oppression of women in Middle Eastern countries by comparing it to the life-saving law enacted in the Lone Star State.
Wondering When Texas
Senate Will Start Mandating Burqa’s⁉️
IF Texas IS Going 2
Take Women’s Rights Away THEY SHOULD AT LEAST FURNISH STATE AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS.
WONT?LONG,TILL Texas OFFERS”HANDMAID’S TALE”JEWELRY ON LINE.?1st.ON UR BLOCK 2 GET NEW”SHUT MY MOUTH”LIP RINGS pic.twitter.com/6rmLzj6Cgi
— Cher (@cher) September 2, 2021