The remaining band members say ever since Vicky filed her lawsuit against them, they’ve been locked out of the band’s official social media accounts. They accuse Vicky in court papers of “holding hostage the login information” despite their repeated requests. Prior to the litigation with Vicky, the band says their socials were managed by their then-management company, Patriot Management. After Patriot was terminated in Oct. 2019, they said they learned that Patriot had specifically handed over all the login information to Vicky.
According to their court filing, the band says Patriot confirmed in an email dated Dec. 3, 2019 that “Vicky [Cornell] has since changed all the social media passwords for the band accounts and will not share them with [Patriot] as she wants the band, and I quote, ‘to sue her for them’.”
The band says not only are their social accounts “in a state of neglect,” but that Vicky is identifying herself as “Soundgarden” and has removed fan comments and posted images and comments to the Soundgarden social media pages. The band says there have been no news items added to the band’s official website since Oct. 15, 2019, no new posts to the band’s Twitter account since Jan. 28, 2020 and only one new post on the Soundgarden Facebook account to promote the Chris Cornell solo album, which was posthumously released on March 3, 2021. In addition, the court papers say the band’s Facebook “official store” page is not operational, and because of the lack of postings on Twitter, the Soundgarden account has been stripped of its “verified blue badge,” which the band says sows doubt as to whether the account is official.
A hearing on the band’s request is set for April 16.
This motion comes a week after a federal judge in Washington state recommend the court toss out two of Vicky Cornell’s six claims against the remaining members of Soundgarden. U.S. District Judge Michelle Peterson said in a report filed on March 19 that there wasn’t evidence that the band was improperly withholding from her “hundreds of thousands of dollars” of Chris’ royalty money or that the band’s manager breached his duty to look after her best interest. Peterson’s report will now be sent to the Presiding Judge Robert S. Lasnik who will make the final decision.