Chris Cornell’s Widow Vicky Cornell Files Another Lawsuit Against Soundgarden Over ‘Ludicrously Low’ Buyout Offer
Soundgarden’s late lead vocalist Chris Cornell‘s wife Vicky Cornell sued Soundgarden once again after the surviving bandmembers lead guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron, and bassist Ben Shepard refused to pay Vicky and Chris’ children a $21 Million Buyout.
As many of you remember, Vicky Cornell once sued the remaining members of Soundgarden in December 2019, over hundreds of thousands of dollars in allegedly unpaid royalties and the rights to seven unreleased recordings made before Chris Cornell’s passing in May of 2017.
Nearly a month later, the surviving members of Soundgarden also filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against them by Vicky Cornell, stating that she claims ownership of the final Soundgarden album in which Chriss has no instrumental or vocal parts.
Here is what the band said:
“We don’t have possession of our own creative work. Vicky Cornell has possession of the only existing multi-track recordings of the last Soundgarden tracks that include Chris Cornell’s instrumental parts and vocals. All of the band members jointly worked on these final tracks, Vicky now claims ownership of the final Soundgarden album.”
It turned out that, Vicky Cornell once again filed a lawsuit against the remaining members of Soundgarden, that is lead guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron, and bassist Ben Shepard, alleging that all of those members are robbing from their former bandmate, Chris Cornell, including his family by offering a lower payment to them than the deserved worth of Chris’ interest.
Here is what Vicky said:
“This action has been necessitated by the self-serving and heartless actions of the remaining members of the band Soundgarden, who are seeking to rob from their former bandmate, Chris Cornell, his wife, and their minor children, Chris’ legacy and life’s worth, which has made them millions of dollars. The band members have knowingly offered only an infinitesimal fraction of the true worth of Chris’ interest in Soundgarden and certain related entities by making a ludicrously low offer. And, they know it. … This case relates to, and seeks a judicial valuation of, Chris’ interest in Soundgarden (the band owned by the partnership of the same name) and certain related entities, including SG Recordings, SMF, SG Productions, and LLM (collectively, the Soundgarden Related Entities’).”
As you may know, Chris Cornell passed away on May 18, 2017, at the age of 52 and the cause of his death was, unfortunately, suicide by hanging himself with an exercise band. His body was found by his bodyguard in the bathroom of his hotel room, after a performance with Soundgarden.
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