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Monday 25 September 2017

Country star Brooks wins $1m off hospital

A HOSPITAL must pay country singer Garth Brooks $1m (€770,000) after failing to build a women's health centre in honour of his late mother.

Jurors ruled that the Oklahoma hospital must return a $500,000 donation to Brooks, left, plus pay him $500,000 in punitive damages.

Brooks said he reached a deal in 2005 with the hospital's president, James Moore, but sued after learning the hospital wanted to use the money for other construction projects.

The hospital, in Brooks's home town of Yukon, said the singer gave it unrestricted access to the money and only later asked that it build a women's centre named after his mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999.

Brooks called the jurors "heroes" and said he felt vindicated by their verdict.

"I no longer feel like I'm crazy," he said.

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