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“Thunder Rolls” singer Garth Brooks is being sued by Lisa Sanderson, a former business partner, who claims Brooks is a "paranoid, angry, deceitful and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime." Sanderson is suing Brooks for $425,000 in unpaid salary and bonuses.
TMZ reports that Sanderson claims that Brooks appears as "a humble and highly principled 'everyman'" but is instead a "paranoid, angry, deceitful and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime." She notes that Brooks refused a number of acting roles, including playing a sniper in Saving Private Ryan and a bad guy in Twister, because the Grammy award winning singer did not want to commit to a film in which he was not the star.
Sanderson states that Brooks promised her bonuses if she stuck by his side. She also claims that Brooks owes her a cut from profits, those promised bonuses, in addition to unpaid salary.
According to Taste of Country, Red Strokes Entertainment filed a lawsuit against Sanderson after downsizing from 2010-2011. The lawsuit sought to receive money back from Sanderson, who reportedly took out loans from the company. Sanderson claimed they were not loans, but gifts. She responded with a lawsuit of her own.
Brooks’ rep has since responded to the lawsuit in a statement saying, “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."