Brooks Accused of Discrimination
Dec. 17, 2000
SEATTLE (AP) _ Country music star Garth Brooks is being sued for allegedly limiting wheelchair seating at a concert so ``pretty women'' could sit in the first two rows.
Brooks' attorney denied the allegation, saying people in the front rows are generally Brooks' friends.
A judge ruled Friday that the complaint can proceed to trial, but said Brooks' liability is limited because he had no control over concert operations at Seattle's Key Arena.
Joanne Lawrence alleges that Brooks and his promoters violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and state civil rights laws at several 1998 concerts. She claims Brooks' promoter directed that no wheelchair seating be allowed on the arena floor.
Lawrence, 54, filed a similar lawsuit against the Tacoma Dome and Ticketmaster after a 1993 Brooks show and agreed to an out-of-court settlement. She is head of the group Disabled Americans Have Rights, Too.