Apparently the widow has hired a PR firm to try and make her look like a sainted angel and a victim.
Trying to sway public opinion as the legal case moves on.
Chris Cornell’s widow claims Soundgarden didn’t reach out after his death
Chris Cornell‘s widow, Vicky Cornell, is slamming Soundgarden again in her ongoing lawsuit against the band.
In legal documents, obtained by Page Six, Vicky claims the rock band never reached out to her following Chris’ suicide in 2017. She also claims the band is withholding monies owed to Chris’ estate and is using it to pay for their legal fees. She further alleges the band says the money is frozen despite their using it to make payments.
She also claims the band charged her private flight to Chris’ memorial as a tour expense instead of paying for it from their own funds. A quarter of that payment “was taken from Chris’ share,” she claims in the documents.
Vicky, who is represented in the ongoing lawsuit by Marty Singer, also alleges that her late husband never signed a partnership agreement with his former bandmates because he was “tired of others unfairly capitalizing on his creative talents, or, in his words, ‘the stupid communist bulls–t.’” – Source
Soundgarden Respond to Lawsuit From Chris Cornell’s Widow, Claim Ownership Over Final Recordings
Soundgarden denied withholding royalties from Chris Cornell’s widow and rebuffed her claim that she is the sole owner of several recordings Cornell worked on before his death in a new court filing.
The motion, filed Tuesday and obtained by Rolling Stone, is a response to a lawsuit Vicky Cornell filed last December against her late husband’s former bandmates, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd, and the band’s business manager, Rit Venerus. Vicky accused the band of withholding royalties from the Cornell family to force her to turn over a handful of recordings made before Cornell’s death.
Per Vicky’s suit, Vicky Cornell claimed Chris made seven recordings at his personal studio in Florida in 2017, and there was no explicit agreement that that they were for Soundgarden, making Cornell the exclusive owner. Vicky claimed that she agreed to share the unreleased recordings with Soundgarden, so long as they used one of Cornell’s “trusted producers” (revealed in a new court document to be veteran producer Brendan O’ Brien) and kept her informed about a possible album marketing strategy. She then claimed that Soundgarden eventually decided to bring in its own producer and told her that it wasn’t willing to go “through any type of approval process,” ostensibly in regards to the marketing strategy.
Additionally, Vicky accused the surviving members of Soundgarden of making false statements to the media about who owned the unreleased Cornell recordings, and the reason for the album holdup. She also alleged that Soundgarden was withholding money from her and her family “in an unlawful attempt to strong-arm” her into turning over the unreleased songs. – Source