SUGARLAND REPS RESPOND TO STAGE COLLAPSE LAWSUIT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Representatives for Sugarland are sending mixed messages about last summer's Indiana State Fair stage collapse. Sugarland's attorneys responded to a civil lawsuit by partly blaming fans for not taking care of their own safety, saying fan injuries "resulted from their own fault." The attorneys also called the high winds that knocked the stage rigging over an "act of God." They denied the band had any responsibility for building the stage or warning fans. Then, the band's manager issued a statement criticizing any finger-pointing. She said the fans are "the single most important thing to Sugarland" and "for anyone to think otherwise is completely devastating to them." The August stage collapse killed seven people and injured dozens.