Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell says Soundgarden is ignoring coronavirus precautions trying to have her ‘elderly, at-risk’ mother attend deposition in their ongoing legal case
Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell says that Soundgarden is putting g her mother at risk by demanding she show up for a deposition amid the global pandemic that is the coronavirus.
The widow of the late Soundgarden singer, who is suing the band, said in legal docs that their legal team is ‘callously insisting on the immediate deposition’ her mother, who is ‘an elderly, at-risk individual’ who could fall into serious health problems if she is exposed to COVID-19.
In the lawsuit she filed in December, Vicky said that Soundgarden had not properly paid Cornell royalties or awarded him ownership over his material.
Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell says that Soundgarden is putting g her mother at risk by demanding she show up for a deposition amid the global pandemic that is the coronavirus
Vicky’s lawyers said that lawyers for the 90s grunge staple – renown for hits such as Spoonman, Fell On Black Days and Black Hole Sun – have been inflexible in their deadlines in the ongoing case as most non-essential businesses have shut down nationwide amid the outbreak of the virus.
Vicky said the band’s ‘leveraged the COVID-19 epidemic for vexatious ends’ in the case.
Soundgarden lawyers told TMZ that they have informed both Vicky and her legal team they are flexible in terms of carrying out the deposition, and do not require her to be physically present, as they will do it through video conferencing, the outlet reported.
Lawyers told TMZ they are also willing to conduct the deposition at her house or her lawyer’s office.
Icon: Cornell was seen playing November 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas
Musical royalty: Vicky and kids Toni Cornell and Christopher Cornell walked the red carpet at the Grammys last year
Paying tribute: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who have both tested positive for coronavirus, attended a tribute to Cornell in LA in January of 2019
Chris Cornell was found dead May 18, 2017 in a Detroit hotel room in what authorities said was a suicide.
The massive impact of coronavirus has touched a number of celebrities, as Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba and Debi Mazar. Other notable names to test positive for COVID-19 include Bravo star Andy Cohen, The Bachelor star Colton Underwood, Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim, Game of Thrones stars Kristofer Hivju and Indira Varma, Frozen 2 actress Rachel Matthews.
In the world of music, Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan and opera singer Placido Domingo are among the names to reveal they have tested positive.
As of Tuesday, the death total for COVID-19 – declared a public health emergency by World Health Organization – had soared to 675 people in the U.S., The COVID Tracking Project reported, with 51,970 total positive diagnoses.