Garth Brooks Lawsuit Saga Continues in Court

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8/13/2013 Marquette, Michigan — A judge has denied Garth Brooks‘ request for a change of venue in a lawsuit filed by a former business associate.

Lisa Sanderson filed suit against the singer in April, seeking nearly half a million dollars in unpaid salary and bonuses. After working with Brooks for nearly 20 years, she claims he failed to pay her salary and severance she was due, and also accused him of tax fraud.

Sanderson contends she was a successful TV producer when Brooks latched onto her at the height of his musical success, in an effort to start an acting career for himself. She served the Chief Executive Officer of Red Strokes Entertainment, a film and television company that Brooks founded that was named for his song ‘The Red Strokes,’ on which Sanderson was a co-writer and publisher. According to her bio page on TNT.com, the pair were once slated to produce ‘The Lamb’ for Paramount Pictures, and had a number of projects in development for various television entities.

But Sanderson claims the singer’s rampant egomania scuttled one great opportunity after another — including deals with Disney and Fox — after he made outrageous demands. She alleges 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.” He allegedly turned down a role in ‘Twister’ because he didn’t want to play second to a tornado.

-Eric Scott

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