Vicky Cornell Fires Back At SOUNDGARDEN: 'They've Reached A Whole New Low' Thursday May 7 2020, 11:45 AM
Vicky Cornell Fires Back At SOUNDGARDEN: 'They've Reached A Whole New Low'

Vicky Cornell   has fired back at the surviving members of   SOUNDGARDEN   after they filed a countersuit against   Chris Cornell 's widow and his estate, accusing them of misappropriating funds raised from a Los Angeles benefit concert.

In the counterclaim, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida,   Kim Thayil ,   Ben Shepherd   and   Matt Cameron   accuse   Vicky Cornell   and   Chris 's estate of "fraudulent inducement" for allegedly using revenue intended to be raised for charity for "personal purposes for herself and her family." The suit claims that the   "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell"   January 2019 show generated "many millions of dollars" but that the "recipient(s) of the revenue … have not been identified." " Vicky Cornell   did not have the intention of using some or all of the revenue from the   Cornell Concert   for charitable purposes, but rather for personal purposes for herself and her family," the musicians say in the suit.

In the counterclaim,   Thayil ,   Shepherd   and   Cameron   also accuse   Vicky Cornell   of controlling the band's social media accounts and removing fan comments as well as posting images and comments to   SOUNDGARDEN 's social media pages that "are intended to denigrate the Band and Surviving Band Members."

"It is unfortunate that   Chris Cornell 's three former bandmates — who have made millions of dollars from   Chris ' hard work, talent and creativity — continue to attack   Chris ' legacy, his widow, and his young children by making salacious, scurrilous, and vicious allegations in order to distract from the truth,"   Vicky Cornell 's lawyer   Marty Singer   responded in a   statement to Rolling Stone . "Their transparently desperate counterclaims — which were intentionally filed shortly before the eve of the anniversary of   Chris ' death and the eve of   Chris   and   Vicky 's wedding anniversary — do not change the fact that they are the ones who have improperly asserted ownership of vocal recordings that were created solely by   Chris   and that they are the ones who have unlawfully withheld substantial sums of money from   Chris ' widow and children (which is the very basis for the current lawsuit).

"Suffice it to say that   Vicky Cornell   and the   Cornell Estate   vehemently deny the supposed 'facts' contained in   SOUNDGARDEN 's counterclaims, which will be met with swift legal action. It is ironic that   Chris ' former bandmates now feign outrage over the 2019   Chris Cornell   Tribute Concert conducted by   Chris 's foundation — which raised over $1 million for the Charity Foundation and paid over $650,000 for   EBMRF   for medical research and which has nothing whatsoever to do with the issue of who owns   Chris ' vocal recordings — when   SOUNDGARDEN   received over $78,000 to perform at the charity concert.

"As   Chris ' former band members are well aware, every single penny of the proceeds generated by the concert were properly allocated and accounted for and their statements are not only false and defamatory but demonstrate the depths to which   Chris ' former bandmates are willing to sink to tarnish his legacy.

"It is also ironic that, after spending substantial time and attorneys' fees (paid for out of the monies owed to   Chris ' estate) arguing that the Florida court system lacks personal jurisdiction over them,   Chris ' former bandmates have now sought relief from that very same court system by filing their counterclaims."

Vicky   herself also personally took the   SOUNDGARDEN   members to task for their allegations, writing in her   Instagram Stories : "As my beloved   Chris   would say, 'They've reached a whole new low.' A very easily disproven one…

"When you attack the foundation, you attack my husband's legacy. The foundation has nothing to do with the issue of who owns   Chris 's vocal recordings. Their knowingly false allegations are a deliberate attempt to not just harm my credibility but the Foundation my husband and I created and everything WE stand for…"

Via Blabbermouth

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