- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2012

CLAREMORE, OKLA. (AP) - An Oklahoma hospital executive discussed country singer Garth Brooks asking for a $500,000 donation back in an email to staff members.

The Tulsa World ( HYPERLINK “http://bit.ly/Avdi1z” ) reports the email was discussed during testimony Thursday. Brooks is suing the Integris (in-TEHG-rihs) Canadian Valley Regional Hospital, saying it wouldn’t name a women’s center for Colleen Brooks after receiving $500,000 from him.

An email from hospital President James Moore in 2009 said the hospital “may not deny Garth access to the money,” but could “make him work to get it.”

The hospital says it considered Brooks‘ donation unconditional.

Earlier, Moore testified that Brooks considered donating up to $15 million if the facility would rename itself after his mother.

Colleen Brooks died of cancer in 1999. A women’s center never was built.

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