Surviving members of Soundgarden respond to latest lawsuit by Vicky Cornell

Surviving members of Soundgarden respond to latest lawsuit by Vicky Cornell

SEATTLE — In response to the latest lawsuit filed by the late Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, the surviving members of Soundgarden: Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd released the following statement:

“The buyout offer that was demanded by the Estate has been grossly mischaracterized and we are confident that clarity will come out in court. All offers to buy out our interests have been unsolicited and rejected outright. For more than a year, Soundgarden’s social media accounts have been hijacked; misleading and confusing our fans. Being a band from Washington State since 1984, we are proud of Soundgarden’s musical legacy, work and career. We look forward to completing the final Soundgarden album.”

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 06: (FILE) Chris Cornell performs during a Soundgarden show as part of Lollapalooza Brazil 2014 at Autodromo Interlagos on April 06, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Chris Cornell died at 52 on May 17, 2017 after a performance in Detroit. (Photo by Levi Bianco/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 06: (FILE) Chris Cornell performs during a Soundgarden show as part of Lollapalooza Brazil 2014 at Autodromo Interlagos on April 06, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Chris Cornell died at 52 on May 17, 2017 after a performance in Detroit. (Photo by Levi Bianco/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images) (Brazil Photo Press/CON)
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In the latest dispute, Vicky Cornell claims the band offered her $300,000 to buy out Chris Cornell’s share of the band. She says the sum is less than she received for her cut of royalties in 2018 alone.

She also alleges that the band had recently received an offer of $16 million from an outside investor for the group’s masters, making the $300,000 buyout offer “villainously low.”