Update: Sugarland Was Never Asked to Delay Indy Show
“A gust of wind of unprecedented intensity”—not any band negligence—caused the August tragedy, duo’s lawyers say.
Sugarland was never asked to delay the Indiana State Fair show, the duo's manager told a state agency investigating the August tragedy that killed seven people and injured 40 more.
And that's a big deal because a fair official said in a deposition that Sugarland was asked twice to delay the show, and the duo twice refused, saying they had to get to the next show in Iowa.
Not so, Sugarland manager Hellen Rollins told Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Asked if Sugarland was asked to delay the show as storms rolled in, Rollins said only, "No," a Fox network affiliate reports.
Furthermore, in a response to a lawsuit, Sugarland says it had nothing to do with the tragic accident, saying instead "a gust of wind of unprecedented intensity" caused the staging to blow over onto the crowd, and that the incident was "a true accident or act of God," WRTV reports.
"Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers and try to sensationalize the disaster, Sugarland's manager, Gail Gellman, says in a statement obtained by CountryWeekly.com. "The single most important thing to Sugarland are their fans. heir support and love over the past nine years has been unmatched. For anyone to think otherwise is completely devastating to them."