.

Sugarland Singer Ordered to Testify in Stage Collapse Lawsuit

Jennifer Nettles will have to give deposition in April

March 24, 2012 11:19 AM ET
nettles sugarland
Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland performs in Los Angeles.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles will have to testify next month in lawsuits filed over the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair last August, the Associated Press reports.

Marion, Indiana, Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin ordered Nettles to give a deposition in April focusing on whether the band had declined to delay their concert in the face of dangerous weather warnings. The country duo was about to perform when winds reaching 60 to 70 miles per hour ripped through the area and caused the stage's collapse, killing seven people and injuring 58.

An executive with the Indiana State Fair Commission had testified in a January deposition that fair officials discussed delaying the start of the concert with Sugarland's representatives, but said the band resisted because of scheduling concerns.

Mid-America Sound Corp., the company that built the stage's roof and rigging, is facing lawsuits over the collapse. Lawyers for the company had requested that the band provide depositions starting next week, but on Friday Sosin approved a request by Sugarland's attorneys to delay the testimony. They are now required to submit by Tuesday dates between April 1st and April 15th that Nettles will be available to testify. Nettles' bandmate, Kristian Bush, will not be required to testify.

"Certainly there's a lot of fault to go around in this case," said Kenneth J. Allen, the attorney representing the victims of the stage collapse. "However, having said that, Ms. Nettles and Mr. Bush are at the top of the decision tree. They had the opportunity to postpone this and chose not to. We need to know why and whether there was a legitimate reason."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com