W/C Hit With Suit Over Sonny & Cher Royalties

Cher and the heirs of Sonny Bono are suing Warner/Chappell Music for more than $250,000 in unpaid royalties.

NEW YORK -- Cher and the heirs of Sonny Bono are suing Warner/Chappell Music for more than $250,000 in unpaid royalties.

The complaint, filed March 3 in the Los Angeles Superior Court, cites a number of agreements covering the rights of Sonny & Cher, beginning with their 1965 York Records and Atlantic Recording agreements.

Cher, Bono's four children and his widow, Mary Bono-Baxely, claim Warner/Chappell failed to provide accurate royalty accountings and to pay all performance and publishing royalties due. The exact amount has not been determined.

The suit seeks a full accounting and payment of royalties due for the last four years, which is the period of time a party has to file a lawsuit in California after there has been a breach of a written contract.

Warner/Chappell declined to comment. The attorney for Cher and Bono's heirs, Henry Jannol in Los Angeles, could not be reached for comment.

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