Why Brian Wilson’s Ex-Wife Sued Him After He Sold His Song Rights for $50M

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson recently sold his song rights to Universal Music Publishing Group and has had legal troubles with his ex-wife Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford as a result. She claims Wilson owes her $6.7 million for the songs she “co-wrote” during the marriage.

Brian Wilson was married to Marilyn Wilson Rutherford

Musician Brian Wilson, founding member of The Beach Boys, performs on stage at the Kia Forum
Musician Brian Wilson, founding member of the Beach Boys, performs on stage at the Kia Forum | Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Along with brothers Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their boyfriend Al Jardine, Brian Wilson was a founding member of The Beach Boys. He took on an additional songwriting role for the group and married in 1964.

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