There has been another development in the legal battle between Soundgarden and Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell. According to Billboard, the band have filed a new motion in an effort to get Vicky to hand over control of their social media accounts and official website.
The group said that their former management company Patriot Management were previously in control of the login information until they were terminated in October 2019. After that, all the information was handed over to Vicky, who is allegedly “holding [it] hostage.” The court filing also included an email from Patriot that said the following:
“Vicky [Cornell] has since changed all the social media passwords for the band accounts and will not share them with [Patriot] as she wants the band, and I quote, ‘to sue her for them’.”
The band also claim that Vicky has acted as “Soundgarden” on social media and has let all of their accounts fall into “a state of neglect.”
This news comes after a judge recently recommended the court to dismiss two of the claims that Vicky filed against Soundgarden. Those included her claim that the band were withholding “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of royalties and her claim that the group’s business manager Rit Venerus breached his duty to look after her best interests. The final decision will now be made by presiding judge Robert S. Lasnik.
As previously reported, Vicky initially filed a lawsuit against the band in December 2019 over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. That suit said that the group had been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that Vicky claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with the band if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.
Soundgarden then filed a countersuit against Vicky and Chris’ estate in May 2020 with accusations of “fraudulent inducement.” They claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings in question with other members of the band. They also said that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky never provided them with a full list of donations. However, the latter accusation was dropped in July 2020.