Superstar Garth Brooks recently went head to head with Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in an Oklahoma courtroom to dispute the use of a $500,000 donation he made in 2005. The donation was made in honor of Brooks’ late mother Colleen, who lost her battle to cancer in 1999. According to court documents, the hospital promised to use the money to construct a women’s health center in honor of his beloved mother. Three years after the donation was made Garth says he was notified that the hospital planned to use the money for a different construction project. Brooks then made the decision to file a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the hospital.
On Tuesday the jury ruled in favor of Brooks, deciding that the hospital must return Brooks’ $500,000 donation plus an additional $500,000 in punitive damages.
“Obviously we are disappointed, particularly with the jury’s decision to award damages above and beyond the $500,000,” Integris spokesman Hardy Watkins said. “We’re just glad to see the case come to a resolution.”
Brooks, who got emotional during his testimony, called the jurors “heroes” upon hearing the verdict. The singer says he was simply trying to honor his mother.
“This little pistol, she deserves nothing but good,” Brooks said.