Garth Brooks Sued, Accused Of Fraud
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 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