Garth Brooks Sued, Accused Of Fraud

By: Chris Crum - April 15, 2013

Television and movie producer Lisa Sanderson is suing Garth Brooks. A complaint was filed on Monday for violation of Labor Code Section 201, breach of oral agreement, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and fraud.

The complaint begins:

Country music legend Garth Brooks (“Brooks”) would like his adoring fans to believe that he is a humble and highly principled “everyman,” despite his phenomenal success in the music industry. In reality, however, Brooks is a paranoid, angry, deceitful and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime. Brooks is willing to lie to avoid paying his debts, and he revels in using his vast wealth and influence to crush anyone who Brooks believes is standing in the way of him getting what he wants.

Here’s the complaint in its entirety (via THR):

Sanderson Complaint by eriq_gardner6833

Sanderson is looking to get $425,000 in damages, claiming that she worked with Brooks for 20 years, and that she “worked tirelessly” to make his dream of a successful film and television career a reality. The complaint alleges that Brooks failed to pay her money she was promised.

One interesting nugget from the complaint is an allegation that Brooks turned down a role in “Saving Private Ryan” because “he wanted to be the star and was unwilling to share the limelight” with Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Edward Burns.

Image: Garth Brooks alter ego Chris Gaines

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  • Mark

    Read the headline and thought: “All my rowdy friends”…

  • dave

    I am personally and professionaly familar with both Garth Brooks and Lisa Sanderson and have been for those 20 years. I would characterize Garth Brooks as extremely loyal and giving in ways the public will never know – and Lisa Sanderson as a hack who did more harm to Garth’s career than to help it. My guess is that her incompetence finally overrode his loyalty and that she is the one who ‘turned on a dime’. The language of her statement says more about her than it does about him.
    Unfortunately, such is the price of fame.

  • cathy

    Oral agreements don’t stand up to much any more. Sanderson worked in the entertainment industry for many years. She should have been aware that she should have everything Garth promised in writing. Sanderson seems to be bringing alot of names into this case and will have to appear in court. Not to mention what ever happens with this case “NO ONE WILL WORK WITH HER AFTER THIS” they won’t truat her. My husband worked on a Garth Brooks music video and Garth came off as one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

  • Wade

    Having read most of the court document above, I can see how all of Sanderson’s claims could very well be truthful. You see, there’s a well-known concept in Asian philosophy: The bigger the front, the bigger the back. The saying may be interpreted in numerous ways, but its application here is a person striving to appear a certain way in public, might be quite the opposite in private.

    I’ve worked as a professional musician many years, and my view is that the entertainment industry — even country music — is chock full of people who are not what they appear to be. I’ve worked very hard for band-leaders who, I now realize, were ripping off me and other musicians. In addition, others I know have seen the dark or weird side of celebrities. For example, stage crew are not allowed to look at Tim McGraw when he is anywhere backstage. I also know of one incident involving Johnny Cash backstage that might affect your opinion of him in a negative way, but I’m not going to share it here.

    I know nothing about the Brooks case, other than what I’ve just read here. However, Sanderson makes a lot of sense in her complaint. I can totally see all that stuff happening. If her allegations are true, I wish her the best of luck.