Contact Us

Sugarland Refuse to Be ‘Bullied’ in Indiana State Fair Lawsuit

Sugarland
Rick Diamond, Getty Images

A Marion Superior Court Judge scheduled a hearing for this Friday (March 23) at the request of Mid-America Sound Corp., the company that built the roof and rigging that held the lights and sound equipment which collapsed in the Aug. 13 Indiana State Fair tragedy. The hearing will determine whether or not the judge will grant Mid-America’s request that Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, as well as a representative from their ownership company, Lucky Star, Inc., be forced to appear in court to give depositions about the incident.

Since Sugarland have yet to agree to making the requested appearance, claims have been circulating that they’re not being cooperative in the lawsuits filed against them, but the band’s attorney is insisting that this simply isn’t the case. Sugarland’s attorneys filed a motion yesterday (March 20) asking the court to delay the depositions with a protective order.

“Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have not refused to give depositions; they are simply refusing to be bullied into doing so on short notice without sufficient time to prepare,” the band’s spokesman Allan Mayer said in a statement (quotes via RTV6). “They and we very much share in the anguish of all those touched by this terrible tragedy, but no one’s interests are served by trying to short-circuit the legal process.”

Even though the band is getting ready to jump into their five-month In Your Hands Tour in April, Mayer insists that they would be willing to appear in court to give their depositions — if only they were given until May to adequately prepare. ”In this light, Mid-America’s latest filing appears to be motivated more by a desire for publicity than a sincere interest in seeing justice done,” he said.

Nettles and Bush will have to wait until Friday to see whether the judge rules in their favor, or requires them to be in court next week to speak about the sensitive and horrific event that killed seven and injured 58. The duo are facing several lawsuits surrounding the incident, because they were contractually obligated to make the final say on whether or not to postpone the show for inclement weather, and they opted to go on with the show.

More From Cat Country

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://catcountry1029.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Cat Country 102.9 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Cat Country 102.9 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!