Chris Cornell's Widow Takes Soundgarden to Court

She claims band owes for unpaid royalties

December 9, 2019

Vicky Cornell, the widow of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, is taking the band to court in Florida. According to TMZ:

"Vicky Cornell filed legal docs, claiming the remaining members of Soundgarden are withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties owed to her and Chris' minor children." 

The widow claims this is all an "unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris' Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away." It's thought that Chris worked on as many as seven tracks before his passing" and Vicky sees the tracks as "solely authored by Chris; contain Chris' own vocal tracks; and were bequeathed to Chris' Estate" which ultimately would benefit their minor children.

TMZ reports that Soundgarden sees it differently and that they had been "working on the files in a collaborative effort... The entire band was feeling very positive about their rekindled artistic energy and creativity" before Cornell died.

From where I sit we'll obviously want to hear directly from Soundgarden before jumping to conclusions, but one thing's for sure - if Soundgarden get voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the induction ceremony could prove awkward...

I have been taking time these past few weeks to be grateful for all the good people around me and for those who have lifted me up at the very worst times in my life. The silver lining, during the storm, is finding and appreciating the subtle glow of those who sincerely support you in your life unconditionally. However, sometimes while you grieve the one you physically lost, you realize that you must now grieve the loss of some of those you considered friends and family as well. I am shocked at how often this occurs. It’s not just me, or the rock-star widow, or the political widow; it is the case for the vast majority of women after their partners have passed. It transcends socio-economic class, race, and religion. It is an unpleasant and unfortunately all too common theme. Hard-hearted family members, friends, and business associates; who will exploit a widow’s vulnerability when she’s broken and alone. These other people who have decided that her time is up as well. Through support groups and other widowed friends, and during both difficult and supportive conversations, I have learned that I am not a unique case. This seems to be the inevitable plight of the widow in this world and I cannot help feeling angry, sad and betrayed. I will not be bullied or shamed into silence. I will not accept something so wrong, so lacking in compassion or decency, even with the clear but unspoken threat of social rejection hanging over me. 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. I will do justice by my husband’s work and memory; for our children and for everything we stood for. I want to thank everyone who has stood by Chris and has supported us through this devastating time. Your love and your kindness will never be forgotten. #chriscornell forever --

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