Brooks' suit against Okla. hospital goes to trial

CLAREMORE, Okla. - An Oklahoma country star is suing over broken promises.

Country superstar Garth Brooks claims he gave $500,000 to Integris Hospital, all to name a building after his late mother.

On Tuesday, Brooks and hospital officials will meet for the first day of trial.

In a five-page petition against Integris Rural Health, Brooks claims he made the donation in 2005 so that a hospital building in his hometown of Yukon would bear his late mother's name, Colleen Brooks.

Nearly three years later, Integris officials informed him the money would be used for an earmarked expense without further discussion.

Brooks says the hospital's promises were sketched out, with drawings of his mother's name in neon on the building, and the agreement of a ribbon-cutting to show it all off.

In response, hospital officials admit to meetings about the donation and mock-ups, but they say when Brooks handed over the donation it was anonymous and unconditional and he cannot add conditions after the gift is made.

Brooks is suing on four counts, including fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract.

He's asking that the $500,000 donation and his lawyer's fees be reimbursed.

Attorneys for the hospital are asking the judge to dismiss the suit, saying it was filed in an improper venue and that any damage suffered was a result of Brooks' own actions.

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