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Sugarland Denies Any Blame, Calls Tragic Indiana Stage Collapse An 'Act Of God'

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Last August, a terrible tragedy at a Sugarland concert occurred in Indiana when the stage collapsed during a freak wind storm, injuring 58 people and killing 7!

Of course people were angry so they filed a civil suit for negligence last November against nearly every party involved, including the band, Live Nation, ESG Security and the stagehand union.

Well, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are denying any wrongdoing and pushing the blame on the highest power in the universe, as court documents revealed:

"The incident at issue in this litigation resulted from a gust of wind of unprecedented intensity, which caused a structure that may have been improperly designed, maintained and/or inspected to fail. As such, this was a true accident or Act of God."

Ya hear that kids? Next time something you get in trouble, just say God did it. Technically, it's the best defense because there is no way to prove you're lying.

And if it wasn't God's fault and it wasn't Sugarland's fault, well then it had to be the concert goers. The band's response to the civil suit continues to suggest "some or all of the plaintiffs failed to exercise due care for their own safety."

Plus, since the fans waited around to see a show despite the growing storm, "some or all of the plaintiffs knowingly and voluntarily assumed and/or incurred the risk of injury to themselves."

Finally, the country duo asserts that neither they, nor their company Lucky Star, Inc., had any part in the construction of the faulty stage, explaining:

"Lucky Star Inc. did not have any control over the size of the stage nor the public address system, as this was all provided for by the Indiana Fair Board."

The state of Indiana has already settled the dispute with most of the victims, but it doesn't look like Sugarland has ANY intention of doing so themselves. Do U think Sugarland owes the injured fans and families of the deceased money for the accident or are they free of blame?

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20 comments to “Sugarland Denies Any Blame, Calls Tragic Indiana Stage Collapse An 'Act Of God'”

  1. 1

    Unless it was the band that built, and created the stage, then no, I don't think they are at fault. You know what happens when like a tree falls and hits your car? Your insurance company considers it an act of god. It isn't something pulled out of thin air, its when nature is at fault and no one can accept blame for something that uncontrollable. Its a sad incident, but if they weren't owners of the stage itself and its construction, than no they aren't to blame. Maybe if the weather was that questionable people should of stayed home. You wouldn't go to a county faire during a tornado warning and then blame the faire for being open when the tornado touches down and takes out your car, would you?

  2. 2

    I know in this country we are so eager to blame everyone, and make money for any way we can, like litigation, but how is it their fault. They are a fucking band, they didn't setup the stage. I don't get it, how in gods name are they to blame. One of the main reasons we pay for everytbhing in this country, and pay alot for it, is because of people taking others to court just to get a buck. I agree that the people have an issue, but it's not with Sugarland, they had no part in setting up the stage. For god sakes, get a fucking clue.

  3. 3

    Are you freaking kidding me? Dude, can you not accept it as an accident? You are twisting that quote to make it sound like they only said it was an act of God. Have you not paid attention to Sugarland's actions after this incident at all?! I usually enjoy most of your posts, but this one is just plain nasty and ignorant… especially when so many innocent people were affected. I hope nothing like this happens at one of your events. Please, do tell, what would YOU do?? Ass.

  4. 4

    It is not the Band's fault. People are being ridiculous. It was a natural event and horrible and if anyone is to blame is the company that did the stage, not the bad. SO ridiculous.

  5. 5

    Act of god? dumb asses..

  6. 6

    Re: Polaris – The fact that insurance companies call it "a act of god" is offensive to people who don't actually believe in god. It's act of nature. Period.

  7. 7

    It would make a great country song.

  8. @v@ says – reply to this


    I've gone to a lot of outdoor concerts. If wicked storm clouds threatened, I figured it was up to me to get out of its way. A covered stage along with wanting to show up musically for a crowd who don't seem to be moving for the weather isn't a license to take leave of your senses and personal responsibility towards yourselves. Tragic circumstances prevailed.

  9. 9

    You know nothing about law, health or anything else. You just post shit and make shit up to incite posts to make you money. I'm so sick of you and I will ride your sorry ass everyday until you at least start getting things right. You can have a website that posts FACTS and not written to incite nonsense. It is not the band's fault. It is the act of a terrible storm. No one or no entity can fight mother nature. SO STFU. I'm sure they will be sued up the ass anyway for something beyond their control.

  10. 10

    Seriously Perez? You're making it sound like Sugarland intentionally and maliciously made the stage collapse. It sounds to me like these people who were injured are EXTREMELY money hungry and sue happy! How did any direct action from Sugarland cause the stage to collapse? Reasonable doubt my friend. Sugarland will win this lawsuit - as they should. The State Fair board should have made sure the stage was 100% secure, also, I was at the BSB concert last summer at an outdoor event - a legitimate tornado picked up - the smart people began leaving while the idiots stayed for the rest of the concert. Human error? Sure people are excited to see their favorite band. However, in no way, shape, or form is sugarland guilty of anything here and should not be expected to pay a dime!

  11. 11

    I feel that Sugarland was also victim to the tragic stage collapse. They should not be held responsible. The stage was obviously carelessly constructed or designed. It should have never passed safety inspection.

  12. @v@ says – reply to this


    If weather gets ugly outside, get ur azz somewhere safe so you'll be around to see future concerts. Your safety is up to you. Sure, concerts go off without a hitch in bad weather, but shiz can happen, and does, and you don't want to be caught up in a wild one. Use your head.

  13. 13

    You're kidding, right? Please tell me that you know "Act of God" is an actual legal term, by someone actually "blaming god."

    Wikipedia: "Act of God is a legal term[1] for events outside of human control, such as sudden floods or other natural disasters, for which no one can be held responsible."

  14. 14

    I was reading about it in the news today and they were asked twice if they wanted to postpone the show because of the weather about the hit and the declined both times.

    It is sad that people are this sue happy. Yes you deal with the pain of losing that person everyday. But I lost my mother to cancer in 2008, should I go sue the doctors and the hospital that she was at? No. Everyone dies, this just happens to be a act of mother nature.

  15. 15

    "Act of God" is a term of art. It is a legal term. It is a legal defense to a tort claim if it is found to be an "act of god." They must plead that term in their answer to any claim for damages in order to argue later that their client was not responsible. They clearly state that the "act of God" was the gust of wind. I appreciate that Perez is not a lawyer, but come on, do you really think they were saying God did it? They are saying that the gust of wind was of such a nature that it could not have been anticipated by them and thus they are not negligent.

  16. 16

    IF it's an act of god (God) then they should sue him (or her).
    Anyways jokes aside, as a person who has gone to some concerts out in the open and knows that NATURE can strike any moment, I don't understand why these fans didn't see the need to leave the area as the weather starter to get worse. It is easy to look for someone or SOMETHING to blame, but a lot harder to acknowledge that sometimes a person has more responsibilities for their accidents than they like to admit.

  17. 17

    I've been a loyal reader of Perez Hilton for years now, but THIS is probably one of the most idiotic, wrongly malicious thing I have ever read of yours. "Act of God" is an actual legal term and a simple google search would've told you that. And the fact that you are implying that Sugarland is actually at fault, is absolutely absurd. AND if you are going to make such a ridiculous assertion, you need to at least back it up. You provided zero evidence as to how and why Sugarland had anything to do with the construction of the stage and it's subsequence collapse.

    Don't be an asshole. It's not attractive or cute.

  18. MJB12 says – reply to this


    Sugarland is not at fault at all. It really was an "act of God", which is a legal term used in practically every concert/performance contract around the world.

  19. 19

    Not many people know this but sugarland doesn't want to be sued but they will sue other people for weather related concert cancellations. Last april sugarland filed a lawsuit against the venue in Tuscaloosa Alabama for cancelling a show(outdoor venue) for bad weather. It was about one or two weeks before the devastating tornado that ripped thru the state. I know small time news but since sugarland is receiving support from the fans and the readers here but do the people here know they are continuing with the lawsuit in alabama. Sounds like sugarland may have forced the show to go on in Indiana despite other outdoor venues in that area of In. had already cancelled all outdoor shows for the day. No sugarland didn't construct the stage but since all other outdoor venues were already cancelled sugarland and who ever else was appearing that day decided to continue the show lack of concern for spectators and their stage handlers. No sympathy here they already showed lack of class after last april.

  20. 20

    Since when did God go into the shitty-built stage business? Doesn't he or she get blamed enough as it is? lol