Vicky Cornell, the widow of the late Chris Cornell, has issued a statement in response to Soundgarden‘s legal request that she turn over the passwords to the band’s social media accounts.
In an Instagram Story on Chris account, Vicky writes, “Sadly, the other three Soundgarden members now object to a celebration of Chris’ voice even as they take legal action to demand the use of his vocals.”
“In their latest attacks they claim to be against the ‘noonesingslikeyouanymore’ hashtag — even though that [hashtag] was taken from Chris’ lyrics from ‘Black Hole Sun’ that was created and used by fans all over the world as a mark of respect and in tribute to him since the day after he died,” she continues.
Vicky concludes, “My children and I are so grateful to the fans for the love and respect you have all shown to him and thereby us since that tragic night.”
Additionally, Chris’ Instagram Story includes a statement from Vicky’s lawyer, Marty Singer, who says that Vicky will be filing a motion that will “expose the truth” about the social media accounts.
“Soundgarden solely wants the social media accounts in order to maliciously defame Ms. Cornell, provoke online stalkers…and to instigate third-parties to harass Ms. Cornell and her minor children,” the statement reads.
As Billboard reported earlier this week, Soundgarden claimed that Vicky locked them out of the band’s social media accounts and their official website. They accuse Vicky of leaving the accounts in a “state of neglect,” pointing to how the Soundgarden Twitter page has lost its “verified” status due to lack of posts.
The passwords claim stems from the ongoing legal battle over a batch of recordings Chris had made before his 2017 death. Both Vicky and Soundgarden claim rightful ownership over the recordings.
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