Chris Cornell’s widow ‘sues band over royalties and unreleased songs’

Chris Cornell’s widow is suing his former band Soundgarden over claims of unpaid royalties, according to reports.

Vicky Cornell has filed a complaint in a Florida federal court which alleges that the rights of several unreleased songs have been breached, TMZ said.

The complaint says that “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in royalty payments are “indisputably owed” to Cornell’s widow and children.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 16: Vicky Cornell speaks onstage during I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell at The Forum on January 16, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Chris Cornell Estate)
Image:Vicky Cornell has reportedly filed a legal complaint

Court documents claim that Cornell’s former bandmates are attempting to “strong-arm Chris’ estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away”, according to reports.

It is also claimed that Soundgarden “resorted to pressure tactics, harassment, unlawful conversion of royalties and extortion” by suggesting that Vicky is blocking the release of new music.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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