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Country music legend suing Oklahoma hospital

OKLAHOMA (CNN) - Country music legend Garth Brooks wants to get back his half-million-dollar donation to an Oklahoma hospital. And he's going to court over the issue.

The lawsuit says Brooks donated $500,000 to the hospital in 2005 because the hospital promised it would name a hospital building after his mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999.  

When the hospital told Brooks it wasn't attaching any naming rights to his gift, he asked for the money back, but the hospital refused.

"Well, just don't forget what this is all about. It's about my mom. It's about her honor, and, uh, just don't want to burn that bridge. You get one shot at one hometown, and, uh, I want -- I wanted it to be sweet, and it's just not going to turn out that way," Brooks said.

Lawyers for the hospital claim there never was any naming deal, and that Brooks made an "anonymous and unconditional" donation to the hospital.

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