Garth Brooks to receive $500,000 donation back from Oklahoma hospital
Country singer Garth Brooks will get his $500,000 donation back from an Oklahoma hospital, an Oklahoma jury ruled on January 24, according to the Associated Press.
Brooks sued the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon for breach-of-contract for the donation because it didn't build a women's center to honor his late mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999.
Jurors also awarded punitive damages to Brooks and are expected to announce how much money he would be awarded in punitive damages later Tuesday evening.
Brooks left the courtroom shortly after the verdict was read.
The hospital had argued that Brooks only asked that the hospital honor is mother after he gave the donation and said the donation was an "unconditional" gift.
Brooks said he thought he reached a deal in 2005 with the hospital's president, James Moore, for the center to be built and named after his mother. Moore initially suggested putting Brooks' mother's name on an intensive care unit, however, Brooks said that wouldn't fit his mother's image. Moore then allegedly suggested a women's center, the singer testified.
Brooks sued after the hospital said it wanted to use the money for other construction projects.
A tearful Brooks told jurors, "I jumped all over it."
"It's my mom. My mom was pregnant as a teenager. She had a rough start. She wanted to help every kid out there," he added.