Garth Brooks is being sued by his former partner, who alleges that she was induced to work on his behalf with the promise of great rewards.
The lawsuit comes from Lisa Sanderson, who has worked with Merv Griffin and Richard Mulligan and has a couple of TV movie executive producer credits to her name. She says she worked with the country music singer for 20 years to bring him television and movie work.
The harshly worded lawsuit says Brooks is a “paranoid, angry, deceitful and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime.”
Sanderson says she helped Brooks guest star on the TV sitcom “Empty Nest,” and in 1994, she left her employment to work with him. She says she was promised 50% of producer fees paid to a company called Red Strokes.
Among the work that Brooks allegedly turned down was “Twister” because the tornado was the real star and “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.”
The lawsuit also says that Red Strokes obtained a development deal with Fox and that Brooks pitched a project about a rock star worth more dead than alive. Fox allegedly loved it, though Sanderson says that during the meeting, Brooks said his father had died and that she was “thunderstruck” because she knew that Brooks’ father was alive. The project didn’t go forward because, according to the lawsuit, he refused to share his publishing music with Fox.
Sanderson also says that Brooks ruined chances to work with Tim Burton on “Alice in Wonderland” as well as with New Line on a Brooks-written script titled Alyss.
Sanderson is suing for breach of oral contract, fraud and more and seeking $425,000 in damages from unpaid salary, bonuses and punitive damages. She is represented by Marty Singer and Allison Hart at Lavely & Singer.