Local & Regional
Thu January 19, 2012
Garth Goes to Court-UPDATE
Claremore, OK – Brooks' lawyers: Hospital notes back naming plan
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) Lawyers for country singer Garth Brooks say a hospital's internal documents back his claim that a $500,000 donation was intended for a women's center to be named after his late mother.
The center was never built, and Brooks wants the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital to refund his money. The hospital says Brooks gave the money without conditions.
As testimony began in an Oklahoma courtroom Wednesday, Brooks' lawyers unveiled hospital notes on its pursuit of Brooks' money. One note said the hospital president wrote to Brooks' father, offering to name a women's center after Colleen Brooks if Garth Brooks would attend a hospital function. The hospital president said Wednesday he wrote no such letter.
The singer never appeared at the hospital event, but gave the hospital a half-million dollars.