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Cher has sued the widow of her late ex-husband, Sonny Bono, over royalties to the songs created when the singer was part of the star duo Sonny & Cher. This includes hits such as ‘I Got You Babe’ and ‘The Beat Goes On’.

Cher is claiming that Mary Bono, a trustee of the Bono Collection Trust, has withheld royalties from her. The lawsuit states that Sonny and Cher agreed to share royalties from their music equally following their divorce in 1978, but Cher alleges that Mary is attempting to undo that agreement after she used “a wholly inapplicab­le statutory terminatio­n provision of the Copyright Act of 1976”. Mary Bono’s attorney said the family’s moves are within their rights and the law.

According to reports Cher, 75, claims she has sustained damages that exceed $1 million.

Cher was married to Sonny from 1964 to 1975, and they share one child together, Chaz. After they split, Sonny married TV personalit­y Susie Coelho, before tying the knot with third wife Mary Whitaker in 1986.

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Sonny and Cher were a successful pop duo in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
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