Sugarland prompt angry reaction by daring to suggest fans may be partially to blame

March 2012

Live events industry

Lawyers working for Sugarland, who are facing multiple legal actions after the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair last August in extreme weather, have reportedly filed a defence stating the injuries suffered by claimants were, at least in part, to blame for their own actions, for failing “to exercise due care for their own safety”. As previously reported, seven fans died and 40 more were injured when staging collapsed in freak high-speed winds shortly before Sugarland were due to take to the stage at the State Fair. The band themselves fare facing actions because their contract with the State Fair gave them the right to cancel the show in extreme weather conditions. The State of Indiana has already settled the matter for $5 million, its maximum liability under state law although is considering adding another $5 million to cover victim’s medical bills. The move by Sugarland’s lawyers prompted outrage online and in the media and in response, the bad issued a statement saying: “Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers and try to sensationalise 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”.

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