Brooks chokes up testifying about hospital gift

Brooks chokes up testifying about hospital gift

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Garth Brooks talks with a fan during a break in a civil trial at the Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore, Okla. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. Brooks is suing the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital, saying it wouldn't name a women's center for his late mother, Colleen Brooks, after receiving $500,000 from him. (AP Photo/The Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) TV OUT; TULSA OUT

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by JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS

AP

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

 CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) -- Country singer Garth Brooks has given an tearful account to an Oklahoma jury of his failed efforts to honor his late mother by getting a women's health center named after her.

Brooks choked up Friday while testifying in his lawsuit against Integris (in-TEHG-rihs) Canadian Valley Regional Hospital. He is seeking the return of $500,000 he gave the hospital and punitive damages.

Brooks says he donated the money to the hospital in his hometown of Yukon thinking he had a deal with its president, James Moore, to name a planned women's center after his late mother, Colleen. But the women's center never got built and Moore has testified there was never such an agreement.

Brooks' accountant testified earlier Friday that she didn't know of any conditions tied to the donation.

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