Cher Sues Universal Over Royalties

June 3, 2009 By:
Cher Sues Universal Over Royalties

Cher is looking to make some cash the old fashioned way. So she’s suing Universal Music Group for $5 million dollars.

In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in LA, Cher claims the label not only owes her money, but the heirs of her late husband Sonny Bono money as well.

The lawsuit claims UMG execs “engaged in wrongful tactics” to hide money made from two of her albums as well. The statement reads:
"Instead of reporting to and paying plaintiffs their share of the revenues generated by Warner UK, UMG Recordings, in an egregious example of self-dealing, apparently inserted Universal International as a middleman in the transaction ... for the sole purpose of diverting money that rightfully belonged to Plaintiffs to Universal International.”

Universal denies any wrongdoing, saying, "The claims are meritless, and we are confident that we will prevail in court.”

But Cher is confident she is owed money. Her lawyer Mark Passin said in a statement, "Universal is playing a game of catch-me-if-you-can with one of the most popular and iconic artists of all time. Unfortunately, record companies have learned over the years that they can increase their bottom line by under-reporting royalties to artists."

Shady! Good thing Cher has a good lawyer!