President Of Yukon Hospital Takes Stand In Day 2 Of Garth Brooks' Lawsuit Trial
CLAREMORE, Oklahoma - A Oklahoma hospital donation dispute has put country music star Garth Brooks back in a Rogers County court for a third day.
He's suing Integris Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon, claiming they did not do what he asked them to do with a $500,000 donation.
Only one witness was on the stand Wednesday: James Moore, the president of Integris in Yukon.
He says there were many ideas discussed about getting a donation from Garth Brooks and honoring his late mother colleen, including naming the women's center for her, a benefit concert, and even naming the hospital for her in exchange for $15 million.
Moore said the donation was made anonymously, which means to be used without restriction. Brooks' attorney says even though the check didn't have his signature on it, it was issued out of a Nashville bank from a music account and Brooks called a few weeks later to confirm they had received it.
Brooks' attorney said this case is about an oral agreement in which trust and honesty are important. She said Garth Brooks didn't get it in writing because it was an easy, simple deal in which he would give $500,000 and the hospital would name the new women's center after his mother Colleen.
His attorney said Brooks was crazy about his mother and excited about honoring her through the hospital, adding that Brooks was shocked and hurt when the hospital did not hold up its end of the bargain.
Brooks' attorney said the hospital misled him because they never told him the women's center was one of the last things scheduled to be built in the hospital's 20-year plan. She told the court it has never been built.
"I think it's bad for both sides. I think when we first started out, this was a good idea. It's still a fantastic idea, just something went wrong somewhere," Garth Brooks said.
His attorney said when Brooks realized things were awry, he asked for his money back so he could use it for his foundation that helps kids, but Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital refused. She says Brooks had one mother and one hometown, but now his dream of honoring her there is over.
Garth Brooks' attorney asked the jury to not only decide Brooks should get his money back, but also award him punitive damages for all he has been through. The attorney said, "It's time to make this right."
Moore said people get a credit card receipt for a cup of coffee and this was a $500,000 donation. Moore said the hospital did not return the funds because he said it has to protect other donors who do not ask for their money back.
The trial continues Thursday.