CLAREMORE – Country music superstar Garth Brooks tearfully told jurors Friday (today) that he believed he had a “done deal” to honor his late mother with a women’s health center in his Oklahoma hometown, according to the Associated Press.
Brooks said he still doesn’t understand how he received nothing for his $500,000 gift to the Yukon hospital.
Born in Tulsa, raised in Yukon and now living near Owasso, Brooks is suing Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital, accusing the facility and its president of reneging on a pledge to build the center and name it after his mother, Colleen, who died of cancer in 1999. The center was never built, and Brooks wants his money back, plus punitive damages.
According to the AP, Brooks said he gave $500,000 to the hospital anonymously, which he said was his custom when giving to charities. The singer said he, his family and the hospital wanted to keep things quiet until a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the center.
He was eventually shown architectural drawings of a proposed women’s center bearing his mother’s name. But the center was never build and his mother’s name wasn’t attached to anything.
“How this thing went wrong, I don’t know,” Brooks testified.
The singer donated the money in 2005.
By March 2009, he’d asked the hospital to either refund his money or give it to another charity. In September 2009, Brooks sued.