Rep: Sugarland Won't Be 'Bullied' Into Rushed Depositions
Stage Company Wants Depositions Before Group Starts Tour
1:57 PM, Mar 21, 2012
Attorneys for Sugarland are fighting back against claims the country band isn't cooperating in lawsuits filed after August's Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse.Mid-America Sound Corp., the company that built the rigging, has asked a Marion Superior Court judge to order Sugarland and its ownership company, Lucky Star Inc., to give depositions next week, before duo Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush begin a five-month tour in April.
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But attorneys for the group filed a motion Wednesday asking for a protective order to delay the depositions."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."Despite their upcoming tour, Mayer said Nettles and Bush have volunteered to make themselves available for depositions in May."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.Mid-America built the roof and rigging used to hold lights and sound equipment that collapsed Aug. 13 before a scheduled Sugarland concert, killing seven people and injuring 58 others.The judge has scheduled a Friday hearing on Mid-America's request.