Soundgarden has responded to a lawsuit from Chris Cornell's widow, who claimed ownership over his final recordings.
Soundgarden has responded to a lawsuit from Chris Cornell’s widow, who claimed ownership over his final recordings.
In December last year, Vicky Cornell sued Soundgarden over unpaid royalties.
Cornell claimed that the remaining members of Soundgarden are withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties owed to her and Chris’ minor children.
She called it an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.”
Vicky says the songs, which appear to be among her late husband’s final recordings, were “solely authored by Chris; contain Chris’ own vocal tracks; and were bequeathed to Chris’ Estate” for the benefit of his family.”
However, Soundgarden members, including Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd, have dismissed her claims and filed a motion in response to Vicky’s suit.
In the filing, Soundgarden claimed that the unreleased recordings are from writing and recording sessions that date back as far as 2015.
The band dismissed Vicky’s claim that it’s purposely withholding money from her, with the motion stating that no one in the band is being paid at the moment and won’t until “the Partnership, by vote of the Remaining Partners, formally elects to make such a distribution.”
Marty Singer, attorney for Vicky at the Cornell estate, said, “We obviously disagree with the band’s blatant mischaracterization of events, and stand by the truthful facts set forth in our complaint.”
“It is disappointing that Chris’ former band members have now sought to taint his legacy by making numerous false allegations, and that they continue to withhold substantial monies from his widow and minor children (despite using those same funds to pay for their own legal fees),” he added.
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