Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, has now accused the surviving members of SOUNDGARDEN of wanting to “maliciously defame” her, “provoke her online stalkers” and to “instigate third parties” to harass her and her children should they get access to their social media accounts.
Just recently, guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron, bassist Ben Shepherd and business manager Rit Venerus filed papers in Washington state U.S. District Court claiming that Vicky Cornell had locked them out of their social media accounts as well as SOUNDGARDEN’s official web site by changing all the passwords.
According to Billboard, Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd claim their socials were previously managed by their then-management company Patriot Management. They say they later learned that Patriot had handed over all the login information to Vicky after Patriot was terminated in October 2019.
The band asked a judge to order Vicky Cornell to hand over the passwords or include a final posting stating, “SOUNDGARDEN has temporarily suspended its official social media accounts due to pending litigation.”
Today, Chris Cornell’s Instagram Stories shared a statement from the late singer’s former manager Ron Laffitte in which he wrote: “During my six years working with Chris Cornell and SOUNDGARDEN, 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.”
Also posted on Chris’s Instagram was a separate statement from Vicky’s lawyer, Marty Singer, which read: “Ms. Cornell’s forthcoming motion will expose the truth about SOUNDGARDEN’s supposed social media accounts. 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, SOUNDGARDEN’s claim are a stale repacking of the claims that they filed in the Florida court in May of 2020.”
Keep checking back as things progress in the ongoing drama that is SOUNDGARDEN vs. Vicky Cornell.