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Garth Brooks

SUED ...

Shameless As A Man Can Be

4/15/2013 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Garth Brooks
has friends in low places because he's one of the lowest human beings on the planet ... according to a lawsuit filed by his former business partner.

Lisa Sanderson -- who worked with Garth for 20 years -- claims in her uber-colorful lawsuit that -- although Brooks passes himself off as "a humble and highly principled 'everyman'" -- he's actually a "paranoid, angry, deceitful and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime."

Sanderson alleges she was a successful TV producer whom Brooks lured to jump start his TV and movie career.  But she claims Brooks was his own worst enemy, killing deals with Disney, Fox and others by making ridiculous demands.

Sanderson says Brooks torpedoed a bunch of great opportunities because of his unbridled megalomania.  For example, she says Brooks was offered an acting gig to appear as a sniper in "Saving Private Ryan," but he refused because "he wanted to be the star and was unwilling to share the limelight with ... Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Edward Burns."

And then there was the movie "Twister."  Sanderson says Brooks nixed a chance to play a bad guy because he didn't want to play second fiddle to a tornado.

As for Sanderson, she says Brooks screwed her in the salary, bonus and profits department, allegedly lying to her about the pot of gold she'd get if she stuck around.

In the lawsuit, filed by Marty Singer and Allison Hart, Sanderson wants $425,000 in unpaid bonus and salary, as well as punitive damages.

Oh yeah ... she also says Garth is a tax fraud.

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1:45 PM PT -- A spokesperson for Red Strokes Entertainment Inc. has issued a statement on behalf of Brooks ... "Mr. Brooks, of course, denies everything in the lawsuit filed today by Lisa Sanderson. Mr. Brooks and Red Strokes Entertainment Inc. will continue to take the necessary steps toward resolving this matter through the legal system."

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31.

Cricket    

Obviously, there are unknown details. I'm no Garth fan, but it's suspicious that she stuck around twenty years if she wasn't being properly compensated. Silly story.

470 days ago
32.

mark    

It's ironic this over paid country singer-fake cowboy has a Walmart sign behind him!

470 days ago
33.

Regina    

I so totally believe it. I have NEVER liked Garth Brooks. There was always something in his eyes, like this cold stare or something like that. He never acts like he plays well with other's, and there have been no tributes to him or really anything nice that other's have said about him. That's kind of strange considering he was a " huge country star".
Then he had this alter ego thing like Beyonce did with her Sacha Feirce thing. I forget what he called himself but it didn't help. He tried to act like he was all badass or something.
Hope she wins.

470 days ago
34.

hitman    

Garth Brooks is also a liar as he said he made it the hard way, had to sell his house etc. First off I grrew up in Okla also and know his dad had a ranch in which oil was drilled for on and this made the family quite rich and the house was his dads and he did not sell it. Next off his first song his brother wrote it and he did not. Finally he was not that well known except by a few college friends at OSU for singing in bars in that town.

470 days ago
35.

gbtw    

isn't it well known that this guy is a total psycho douchebag? i believe her...

470 days ago
36.

Matt1701c    

Seriously where is the proff. Until that hapens I do not beleive anything she says. Beside she could have left at anytime, but no. That last bit he could sue right back for slander.

470 days ago
37.

ben    

Never could stand that Barf Brooks guy . . . and he made it worse by taking back money he donated to a hospital just because they wouldn't put his mother's name on the sign. Idiot!!!

470 days ago
38.

JFO    

And there are always two sides to every story ....

470 days ago
39.

Reality_Check    

Well from the looks of it she sucked at her job anyway. She doesn't deserve more than a smile and a thank you for 20 years. Then be on her way. Some ppl are just greedy.

470 days ago
40.

Rocko    

Wow Garth ! I'm not surprised..... wow

470 days ago
41.

Me    

The man speaks about himself in the third person - are we really surprised that he has inflated view of himself?

470 days ago
42.

Me    

The speaks about himself in the third person - are we really surprised that he has inflated view of himself?

470 days ago
43.

La-La    

Once a jerk, always a jerk! No respect for him whatsoever!

470 days ago
44.

Lydia    

I remember when Garth first came out. I loved him. Then ... he became an arrogant ass. He is a big time has been and has been for many years now.

470 days ago
45.

trish    

we quit listeing to and buying garth brooks music after he walked out on his wife for trishia yearwood..before that we though he was ok..but he waits till they have kids to leave sandy..why.its bad enough to walk out but to do so after children come is so very stupid..

470 days ago
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