Jury: Hospital must return Brooks’ $500K

CLAREMORE, Okla. — An Oklahoma jury has ruled that a hospital in Garth Brooks’ hometown must return $500,000 to the country singer because it didn’t build a women’s center to honor his late mother.

Jurors sided with Brooks on Tuesday in the breach-of-contract lawsuit he filed against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon.

The hospital had argued that Brooks gave it unrestricted access to the donation and only later asked that the hospital honor his mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999.

Brooks says he thought he’d reached a deal in 2005 with the hospital’s president, James Moore, for the center to be built and named after his mother.

Brooks sued after the hospital said it wanted to use the money for other construction projects.

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