That’s the shocking allegation made by 82-year-old Carol McCoy Booth, who claims she discovered the “Live Like You Were Dying” singer.
“Tim’s betrayed a lot of people!” declared Carol, a songwriter and author who lives in a modest home in Monroe, La., not far from where she first met Tim in 1988.
“He was an absolute nobody and everybody in town told me I shouldn’t fool with him because he was too lazy and nasty to make it.”
Tim grew up dirt poor in rural Louisiana after his mom, Elizabeth Ann D’Agostino, got pregnant while still in high school. Years later, Tim learned his father was Major League Baseball pitcher Tug McGraw.
“I invested my life savings in Tim because his grandmother came to see me and begged me to help because he was the illegitimate son of Tug McGraw,” Carol revealed.
“He didn’t put the work in,” Carol said. “He spent his days chasing girls and partying.”
Despite that, Carol took pity on the grubby young man, sinking $15,000 of her own money into grooming him to be a professional singer, paying for recording sessions and promotions.
Still, Tim was a tough sell.
A former publisher of Indie Bullet magazine remembered Carol bringing her protégé to audition and being shocked by Tim’s sloppy appearance — and even sloppier songs.
“Tim looked like death warmed over in those days, like he hadn’t slept for a month and had just come back from a night of drinking,” recalled Roy Haws, 67.
“He was groggy and could hardly talk. He had hair down to his butt and looked like a homeless guy.
“We didn’t have anything against him. He just had crappy songs and production in those days. He got all spiffed up later.”
Carol claims that with her help, Tim signed his first record contract in 1990 — and his career took off from there.
But with his first taste of fame, Carol said Tim tried to ditch her for another manager!
Citing their ironclad contract, Carol sued Tim in 1992 — and won! An arbitration panel awarded her around $321,000 in damages, $125,000 in attorneys’ fees and $15,000 for the costs of arbitration.
Despite their legal battle, Carol reached out to the “I Like It, I Love It” crooner years later, in a bid to get help for her ailing daughter.
“My daughter has multiple sclerosis and needed treatment in China to avoid becoming an invalid,” Carol revealed.
“I sent Tim a certified letter saying I was asking nothing of him for myself but would like him to help pay for my daughter’s trip to China.
“Tim sent it back unopened. He refused to even read it.”
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