Friday, April 2, 2021

Vicky Cornell responds to Soundgarden demand for social media access

A lawyer for Chris Cornell’s widow’s has issued a public response to Soundgarden’s demand in a new court filing in Washington state that Vicky Cornell release control of the band’s social media accounts.

The surviving members of Soundgarden claim – despite repeated requests for access – that Vicky has been "holding hostage the login information" since litigation between the two parties over control of unreleased Chris Cornell recordings began in 2019.

Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd and their business manager Rit Venerus have requested a US District Court judge order Cornell’s widow to hand over the passwords or include a final posting stating "Soundgarden has temporarily suspended its official social media accounts due to pending litigation."

In a series of April 1 posts to Chris Cornell's Instagram Stories account, Vicky’s lawyer, Marty Singer, outlined his client’s history overseeing the band’s social media accounts while simultaneously making allegations about the group’s intentions behind their request for access.

"Ms. Cornell's forthcoming motion will expose the truth about Soundgarden's supposed social media accounts,” began Singer. “Ms. Cornell created the social media accounts; grew the accounts by allowing them to trade on Chris' then-existing, popular accounts; devoted her personal time and money in growing these accounts as Soundgarden displayed absolutely no interest in social media (unless it was to promote their solo projects). Ms. Cornell has overseen these accounts for close to a decade. The fact that Soundgarden is unaware of the user-names and passwords for their alleged 'own' accounts confirms their utter lack of involvement in creating, growing and maintaining their alleged accounts.

"Soundgarden solely wants the social media accounts in order to maliciously defame Ms. Cornell, provoke her online stalkers (as Matt Cameron has done continuously) and to instigate third-parties to harass Ms. Cornell and her minor children. Moreover, while they now claim a sense of urgency, Soundgadren's claim are a stale repacking of the claims that they filed in the Florida court in May of 2020."

In addition to Singer’s comments, the Instagram Stories account also featured a statement from the late singer's former manager Ron Laffitte.

"During my six years working with Chris Cornell and Soundgarden,” explains Laffitte, “Chris and Vicky always controlled all of Soundgarden's social media accounts, both directly and through their own personal social media representative. At no time were any other members of Soundgarden involved, and this was true both before and after Chris died. Because of this, Soundgarden's attempt to seek an injunction in connection with the social media accounts is surprising to say the least."

News of the latest battle between the parties comes just days after a federal judge recommended the court toss out two of Vicky’s six claims against the remaining Soundgarden members as they battle various issues since the 2017 death of Chris Cornell after he took his own life in a Detroit hotel room while on tour with the band.

A hearing on the group's request is set for April 16.

See also:

Soundgarden demand social media passwords from Vicky Cornell
Judge updates Vicky Cornell lawsuit against Soundgarden
Soundgarden respond to Vicky Cornell lawsuit
Chris Cornell’s widow sues Soundgarden over buyout terms
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