Sugarland Is “Simply Refusing to Be Bullied,” Duo’s Spokesman Says
“Jennifer Nettles and Kristan Bush have not refused to give depositions” in deadly accident, the spokesman says.
The legal maneuvering is heating up around a lawsuit filed after the deadly accident that killed seven people and injured dozens more at an outdoor Sugarland show in Indianapolis.
A gust of wind knocked down stage rigging onto the crowd at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13.
And now the owner of the stage, a co-defendant in lawsuits from victims' families, has asked a judge to give depositions next week.
But Sugarland's lawyer responded to Mid-America Sound Corp.'s request Wednesday (March 21), saying the duo needs more time to get information about the incident, The Indianapolis Star reports.
"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," spokesman Allan Mayer said in a statement. "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."
A hearing has been set for Friday (March 23).Sugarland's statement also charges that Mid-America's request is "motivated more by a desire for publicity than a sincere interest in seeing justice done."
The company declined to comment on Sugarland's assertions.