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Chris Cornell's Widow In The Midst Of Legal Dispute With Soundgarden Band Members

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By Kevin JP

Chris Cornell's wife Vicky sued Soundgarden back in December, claiming they're holding royalties for unreleased recordings Chris made before his death back in May of 2017. Now, Vicky is lashing out again amidst an ongoing legal battle with her husband's former bandmates and accusing them this time of failing to even call or text her after her Chris' death. She also states that they charged her private flight to her husband's memorial as a tour expense, a quarter of which was taken from Chris' share, instead of using their personal funds.

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Represented by Marty Singer in the ongoing lawsuit, Vicky also alleges that her late husband never signed a partnership agreement with his former bandmates due to the fact that he'd had enough of others unjustly capitalizing on his talent and creativity, or, in Chris' words, ‘the stupid communist bulls--t.' Singer told Page Six, 'It’s egregious that after Chris died that the band claims they were concerned and contacted the crew, but they neglected to ever contact Vicky Cornell or the children... Yet they claimed they were always there for her, but they never contacted her by phone or text or any other way.'

Who Owns the Songs?

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In a statement originally released this February, the point was made that the issue isn't about who wrote the songs, but about the owner of the recordings that were made solely by Chris when he lived in Florida. It was in December of 2019 that Vicky Cornell filed a suit against the surviving members of Soundgarden - Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepard - claiming that they 'bullied' her out of seven tracks written by Chris alone, in addition to withholding royalties due to her and Chris' children.

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The remaining members of Soundgarden did respond to the claims stating that they rightfully own the recordings because they were a result of sessions that took place in 2015. The band told Rolling Stone at the time, 'We don't have possession of our own creative work'. The Soundgarden members also requested that the case was either dismissed or that it be moved back to their home state of Washington instead of remaining in Florida where Cornell's widow originally filed the suit.

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Chris' death has been labelled a suicide, but his family never saw any suicidal behaviors. Vicky believes that negligently prescribed Atavan he'd been taking, which has a side effect of suicidal thoughts, may have had an impact on his ultimately death. Vicky shared in her Instagram back in December, 'This was not the way I would have chosen to move forward. But I will not be pushed aside for someone else’s convenience or gain. I will not sacrifice our children’s futures for someone else’s greed. And I will not let someone else make me feel shame because the man I loved was taken from all of us too soon.'

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