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Sugarland Star Kristian Bush Has Broken His Silence About The Long Drawn-out Legal Battle Following A 2011 Indiana State Fair Disaster Which Cost Seven Fans Their Lives, Insisting He And Bandmate Jennifer Nettles Became Famous For "A Terrible Thing".
The duo was caught up in a lawsuit filed by the families of the victims, who died when scaffolding collapsed as a sudden storm swept through the site minutes before Sugarland were set to hit the stage.
The matter has just been settled with the defendants splitting a $39 million (GB26 million) pay-out, and now Bush can talk about the tragedy for the first time.
He tells Rolling Stone, "I wasn't able to contact anyone who got hurt. We were famous for a terrible thing, and we couldn't talk about it."
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The Pretty Little Liars star is currently gearing up to release a country album after signing a deal with label bosses at Hollywood Records.
The 23 year old tells the Associated Press, "(The album) is something I wanted to do way before Pretty Little Liars or anything. I grew up singing, and acting sort of came up along the way... (Recording) is a lot of weekends, it's a lot of long nights but I'm so passionate about it... I'm just really excited."
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The country duo wrapped up its Your Hands Tour back in August (12), and since then the pair has yet to announce any future plans.
Meanwhile, Nettles, who is currently pregnant, has been busy acting as a judge on U.S. Tv show Duets, and the lack of talk about new music has prompted many fans to question whether Sugarland was quietly preparing to part ways.
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Sugarland stars Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are offering up their recollection of events that led up to the Indiana State Fair tragedy last year (11), which cost seven fans their lives, as part of an ongoing investigation into the stage collapse drama.
Nettles gave a deposition on Thursday (12Apr12) and spoke about what she knew about staging and weather conditions prior to the group's scheduled concert on 13 August, 2011, and Bush is expected to give his account on Friday (13Apr12).
Officials from two organisations hired to complete an investigation of the incident have cited improper construction of the stage rigging and inadequate emergency preparations for the tragedy.
Structural expertise organisation Thornton Thomasetti vice president Scott Nacheman has told lawmakers the stage rigging was not built to withstand the windspeeds required by the building codes.
Sugarland delivered an emotional free concert in tribute of those injured in a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair last August. Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles announced that the event had changed them all.
The Country music duo appeared at the benefit in Indianapolis last night (28 Oct 2011) with vocalist Jennifer Nettles and guitarist Kristian Bush speaking to the crowd. Nettles declared to the masses: "Obviously we are here in October - we were supposed to do this show in August. Obviously, the stage is different, you are different and we are different. We are all changed by what happened then. But we are going to try to give you the best show that we can and to celebrate healing with you and to celebrate life and music with you here tonight." Indiana-based musician COREY COX and actress Rita Wilson also performed. At the end of the concert, Nettles walked amongst the crowd holding up a flag, simply reading 'Heal'.
Seven people had been killed and dozens injured when the stage collapsed at the Indiana State fair on August 13th 2011 due to an approaching storm toppling down scaffolding just minutes before Sugarland were set to perform. Attendees at the benefit concert donated to the victim relief fund, which has already raised nearly $1 million.
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Founder member Hall quit the trio in 2006 and filed a lawsuit against the remaining members two years later (08), claiming she is owed $1.5 million (£1 million) for helping to launch the group.
The legal case was set to be heard in an Atlanta, Georgia federal court on Monday (15Nov10) - but the trio has avoided a public showdown by settling the dispute on Friday (12Nov10), according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
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Founder member Hall quit the trio in 2006 and filed a lawsuit against the remaining members two years later, claiming she is owed $1.5 million (£1 million) for helping launch the group.
The legal case has been given a federal court date of 15 November (10) in Atlanta, Georgia - and all three country stars are due to attend the hearing.
Earlier this year, a judge dismissed an application from lead singer Nettles to throw out the lawsuit.
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