Brooks Makes Legal Headway in Lawsuit

Although a Seattle judge did not officially dismiss Garth Brooks from a concert seating discrimination lawsuit, she ruled in his favor on several motions during a Dec. 15 hearing, Brooks’ attorney, Rusty Jones, said in a press release. Disabled fan Joanne Lawrence filed a suit against Brooks, the promoter and Seattle’s Key Arena, charging that handicapped concert goers were kept out of the front two rows at a 1998 concert in favor of hand-picked attractive women. On Friday (Dec. 15), Judge J. Kathleen Learned ruled the evidence backing the claim was “hearsay, irrelevant, speculative and not credible,” said Jones. The judge also said Brooks should not be held liable for “aiding and abetting” the alleged discrimination by the Key Arena and the city of Seattle.