Garth Brooks wins $1 million in hospital lawsuit
In the ruling reached on Tuesday (Jan. 24), the jury found that the Yukon, OK hospital was in breach of contract after accepting Brooks' $500,000 donation but never constructing the facility. In addition, the jury awarded Brooks $500,000 in punitive damages.
"Obviously we are disappointed, particularly with the jury's decision to award damages above and beyond the $500,000," says hospital spokesman Hardy Watkins. "We're just glad to see the case come to a resolution."
While the hospital said that they believed there were no strings attached to the donation, Brooks clearly believed otherwise. This is a point his attorney John Hickey hit on during his closing arguments.
"This case is about promises: promises made and promises broken," Hickey tells the jury. "Mr. Brooks kept his promise. Integris never intended to keep their promise and never built a new women's center."
Following the results, Brooks tells the AP that he is vindicated by this ruling and says, "I no longer feel like I'm crazy."