Rep: Sugarland Won't Be 'Bullied' Into Rushed Depositions

Stage Company Wants Depositions Before Group Starts Tour

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.

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