Sugarland Lawyers Blame Fans For Stage Collapse Injuries

Sugarland's lawyers have issued a statement blaming fans for any injuries sustained during the Indiana State Fair tragedy.

Sugarland Lawyers Blame Fans For Stage Collapse Injuries
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Sugarland's lawyers have issued a statement blaming fans for any injuries sustained during the Indiana State Fair tragedy. In August last year, seven people were killed and many more seriously injured before a gig from the American country duo after a storm with winds up to 70mph caused the stage to collapse. 48 of the survivors from the show launched a lawsuit against the band in November last year, claiming that they could have prevented the accident by cancelling the show, but the duo's attorneys have now said that the high-speed winds were an "act of God" and denied that their clients had a responsibility to either warn fans or for the construction of the stage. According to ABC News, the statement also implies that the fans were responsible for their own injuries, claiming they had "resulted from their own fault" because they had "failed to exercise due care for their own safety". However, a statement from the band seemingly distanced themselves from the legal dispute, in which they said: "Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers and try to sensationalize the disaster. The single most important thing to Sugarland are their fans. Their support and love over the past nine years has been unmatched. For anyone to think otherwise is completely devastating to them." The duo had originally hosted a free show in Indianapolis last October to honour those affected by the accident. In the aftermath of the August show, Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles had said: "There are no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity. "There are only prayers for peace in the hearts of the bereft, and prayers of thanksgiving for those who were spared or safe." Thanks for the report to NME.com.

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    WhoAMEye
    claiming they had "resulted from their own fault" because they had "failed to exercise due care for their own safety".
    Damn right, I never go to a gig without full body protection, a hard hard, first aid kit, warning flares...
    TremontiAddict
    I don't think this is particularly Sugarland's fault. Since the show was at a state fair, I would imagine the organizers of the fair should have been making a decision in regards to cancelling the show. No one can really predict the collapsing of a stage. What happened was very unfortunate, I'm just not sure I could blame the band for the tragedy. That being said, the lawyer blaming the fans for their own injuries (and even deaths) is pretty disrespectful in this situation.
    beyondthegrave
    imo the band is in no way responsible for the stage collapse. the lawsuits should have been filed against the people running the state fair due to lack of safety precautions.
    WhoAMEye
    krakkrox wrote: WhoAMEye wrote: claiming they had "resulted from their own fault" because they had "failed to exercise due care for their own safety". Damn right, I never go to a gig without full body protection, a hard hard, first aid kit, warning flares... a hard hard, eh? sounds just a lil bit funny... how does one get that by security?
    Sideways
    Ace5gt
    The fans can't sue mother nature which is the ONLY thing truly responsible for this tragedy so they sue the band instead since they have money. I don't blame Sugarland's lawyers for blaming the fans. They have to say and do what they have to in order to fight back against a BS lawsuit.
    Sic_maggot_H
    Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers
    the duo's attorneys have now said that the high-speed winds were an "act of God"
    Blame God! It's like that time Santa and the Easter Bunny robbed that liquor store!
    krakkrox
    WhoAMEye wrote: claiming they had "resulted from their own fault" because they had "failed to exercise due care for their own safety". Damn right, I never go to a gig without full body protection, a hard hard, first aid kit, warning flares...
    a hard hard, eh? sounds just a lil bit funny... how does one get that by security?