Lawsuit filed over Sonny & Cher payments

June 3, 2009 5:11:57 PM PDT
Cher has sued Universal Music Group, claiming the company owes her and Sonny Bono's heirs more than $5 million. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Santa Monica claims Cher and Bono's widow and children are owed royalties on songs that were included in recent greatest-hits compilations. The suit also states UMG has failed to provide key records that would show how much is actually owed.

UMG spokesman Peter LoFrumento says the lawsuit is "without merit" and the company expects to win in court.

Bono and Cher were married for nearly 10 years before divorcing; their daughter Chastity stands to receive some of the royalties if the suit prevails. Bono later became a U.S. congressman and died in a skiing accident in 1998.

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