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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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1.

DaDa    

Don't piss off the closest ones to you......unless you have a confidentiality contract.

519 days ago
2.

Ih8Taxes    

I'd like to know if the sky is blue too in whatever world this woman is living.

519 days ago
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Amy    

Didn't want to share the limelight with Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Ed Burns. HA!!! Don't worry garp. You wouldn't have shared the limelight, you'd have been so far from it, no one would've remembered you were in it! Loser!!!

519 days ago
4.

OnThree    

Well what do you expect from a guy who had a second personality and persona? I mean, he's not going to be normal.....

519 days ago
5.

Wow ...    

Isn't it his right to turn down parts, for whatever the reason? After 20 years she decides he is a bad man? Maybe, but seems a little strange to waste two decades on a bad guy. JS.

519 days ago
6.

lander    

this is why, gents, you should never hire women. they are vindictive and will sue you for firing their worthless asses. entitled whores, all of them.

519 days ago
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Kaveman    

WHY CAN'T TMZ'S WEBMASTER FIGURE OUT HOW TO LET US CHROME BROWSER USERS BE ABLE TO LIKE/HATE A POST? CHROME IS NOW THE #1 BROWSER. IT IS WEB PROGRAMMING 101 FOR GOD'S SAKE! TALK ABOUT INCOMPETENCE! HARVEY, CALL ME... I'LL DO IT FOR FREE!

519 days ago
8.

Fred Farkel    

I just terminated a promotional deal myself with an ego-centric "celebrity" on the decline. Most of you all know this female, but her fame goes a ways back now. For me and my Main Street business, she was a good fit, but MY FLIPPIN' GOD she sure as H E L L screwed stuff up...

519 days ago
9.

hummm    

And she worked with him for 20 years... hummm

519 days ago
10.

spectator72    

Reality TV will jump right on him now
Staring in '' Where the F*** have I been '' or a Tom Hanks remake of Forrest Gump
Garth takes a Dump

519 days ago
11.

Martina    

Garth is known as a compulsive lair and cheater. He cheated on his wife with Trisha Yearwood. He was married left Sandy for Trisha. Later Sandy got cancer and Garth stopped her health insurance. He is a complete phony. He is a born again Christian who preaches at others but doesn't live the life he yells at others for. He is also known to be virulently anti gay.

519 days ago
12.

Paulina1982    

After that much time she saw his career wasn't taking off..why keep wasting time? I say split the blame 50/50 & pay the lady something..

519 days ago
13.

DogsRule    

This doesn't suprise me at all! I always thought he was a conceited A--!

519 days ago
14.

Pudding Tang    

A lawsuit of desperation?... Yeah Garth Brooks does indeed suck. If I could file lawsuits for d-baggery I'd have all the money in the world. So Sanderson, you're an idiot for not recognizing said douchiness in the beginning. How could you not?

519 days ago
15.

mrdobach    

Still the greatest country singer ever

519 days ago
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