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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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61.

Dee    

All I know I just loved the song..."My SOng". I loved the video too.

464 days ago
62.

LFZBizLdy    

Not surprised.

464 days ago
63.

mike    

its about time he got caught being an *******. i have known it for years but people called me a hater. i hope she takes him down

464 days ago
64.

Craig Casey    

Garth Brooks is the lowest of the low. A total A_ _ always has been, just ask anyone who was unfortunate enough to know him.

464 days ago
65.

Ivan in Phoenix    

Sounds to me more like sour grapes that she was never able to seduce and sleep with him and hasn't been able to find a job in the music industry since leaving Garth's employment.

463 days ago
66.

KittiKatt    

Couldn't have been too bad if she stuck around for 20 yrs. Didn't twister and Saving Private Ryan come out over 15 yrs ago? Nothing more recent? She stuck around way after that,too....sounds like someone is just wanting a payday. Go get her Garth (and his lawyers, of course). Take my advice lady and settle.

463 days ago
67.

Alexis    

I never liked that guy from the beginning, his eyes always creeped me out. He has the devil in him!!!

463 days ago
68.

Cricket     

I'd have to agree with Ms Sanderson. I once went to a Garth Brooks concert with some friends. We each paid $15.00 to get in, then the cost of drinks, etc. Mr. Brooks was almost 4 hours late getting there (no excuses were given), at which time he sang 2 songs and left.
Obviously the entire audience was extremely upset and angry at being treated this way.

463 days ago
69.

DAN    

Yep......met him "once"......she pegged him to a tee.

463 days ago
70.

ronda     

This woman is on crack. Garth Brooks is a good ole country boy who does not like the limelight. If he was so terrible than why would she work with him for 20 years. I think this woman is trying to get her 5 minute of fame on the back of a celebrity. Leave the Brooks alone and get a life.

463 days ago
71.

pinda poo poo    

First, who the heck is "Lisa Sanderson" that we should give her opinion, which is lacking in any factual backing...represented with merely her opinion, why should we give this stranger credit for any possible slanderous words she poses against any man? I was married to a man, you can't get any more intimate than this! We divorced yet remained friends, I even considered him part of my family given that we had two sons together. YET, for four years he spread his slanderous lies about me, in and out of court! We have to be extremely CAREFUL about the GARBAGE people spew off about the personal characters of others...Second....just what does Lisa Sanderson's PUBLIC RANT reveal about HER personal character? If she were truly a woman of character, she would feel no conviction to publicize her grievance against Brooks. It appears to me that she is bitter and is seeking only to bring harm to this man. I'm curious to know what Brooks' side of this issue would be. It could be VERY eye opening, something which Lisa Sanderson may want to be wary of. This is bogus...if you have a complaint about someone, don't gossip....take it to them personally. If they won't listen, then escalate it to the PROPER avenues. But taking one's personal "beef" to the media is demonstrative of a spoiled child who stomps his feet because he just didn't get what he wanted. This is garbage.

(When Tom Cruise divorced Nicole Kidman for her infidelity, he refused to publicize his feelings or what lead to his leaving her. The information was leaked. But Tom demonstrated his being a man of honor when he said, "She's the mother of my children...I will always love her...I won't say anything derogatory about her." Now, THIS is personal character, receiving one's strength not from public sympathy but from standing on the truth.)

463 days ago
72.

barbyk    

she is certainly my type of employee - vindictive - says she. yes, she is ......her future as an employee would appear to be dim.

she forgets we dont have to love a singer to enjoy the music....

463 days ago
73.

Nelson norman    

Everyone who has ever tried to work with Garth is well aware of his overwhelmingly outsized ego. His conceit makes real movie stars look modest by comparison. But the worst thing about working with him is wondering if you'll actually get paid, as the man has a life-long habit of stiffing everyone he can. It's well known that he goes back to a table in a restaurant to pick up tips left by others he's dined with. A badly kept secret is that producers consider him poison ...

463 days ago
74.

luckyc    

Last May, Brooks filed a suit against Lisa Sanderson trying to get nearly a quarter million $$ of loans repaid. He'd lent her money for a very expensive custody suit. She claims they were gifts. It's interesting how much the very high profile, expensive attorneys are making from both these cases. Sanderson and Brooks have hired the best. (http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=In%20FDCO%2020120501C09.xml&docbase=CSLWAR3-2007-CURR)

463 days ago
75.

gertrude    

he's actually a "paranoid, angry, deceitful and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime."
who angry

463 days ago
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