Chris Cornell’s widow and the late singer’s estate have been countersued by his former bandmates in Soundgarden, who are accusing them of “fraudulent inducement” for allegedly using money that was earmarked for charity for “personal purposes for herself and her family,” according to the lawsuit.
In the suit filed Wednesday, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd say they had an “oral agreement” to play for free at the January 16th, 2019 I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell concert that was to benefit The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation. The lawsuit claims where the money from the benefit concert went has “not been identified” but it “is believed to have raised many millions of dollars.”
Because of this, the suits claims that the band has “suffered damages” and “reputational harm.”
This countersuit comes in the wake of a lawsuit Vicky Cornell field last year against the surviving members of the band, claiming they’re withholding royalties from her because she has yet to hand over seven unreleased recordings Chris Cornell made before his suicide in 2017. That suit says there was not an agreement those songs were recorded for Soundgarden and that Cornell has exclusive rights to them. (Rolling Stone)