Soundgarden has released a statement responding to Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky’s latest lawsuit.
ICYMI: Vicky, who represents the deceased Soundgarden lead singer’s estate, is suing the surviving members of the grunge act… again.
She reckons Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd have been trying to rip her off after she offered to let them buy her out of her interests in the band, claiming the dudes offered her “the villainously low figure of less than US $300K”, right after they allegedly pocketed a US $16 million offer for Soundgarden’s masters.
Last week, she filed paperwork to drag them in front of a Seattle court for a judicial valuation. Basically, she wants to know how much she’s rightfully owed.
Now, the band have responded publicly, writing:
“As requested by the Estate of Chris Cornell and as required by the laws of the State of Washington, the surviving members of Soundgarden submitted to the Cornell Estate four months ago a buy-out offer of the Estate’s interests in Soundgarden calculated by respected music industry valuation expert Gary Cohen.
“…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.”
Cornell and the surviving Soundgarden members have been in litigation in federal court since 2019. Read more about it here.