Sugarland wants to delay stage testimony until May

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Attorneys for the band Sugarland are firing back.

They're asking a Marion County Judge for a protective order against Mid America Sound, the owner of the stage that collapsed at the State Fair last August. At issue is a battle over when and where to question Sugarland's star performers.

Sugarland spokesperson Allan Mayer says the band will not be bullied. They're asking a Marion County Judge to protect Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush from annoyance, embarrassment, and the undue burden of appearing in Indianapolis next week for depositions.

The court battle began last Friday, when attorneys for Mid America Sound asked the court to force Nettles and Bush to show up next week to answer questions about the August 13th stage collapse.

Mid America owns that stage rigging, but says they are concerned Sugarland played a critical role in what happened.

Days after IOSHA leveled the most serious fines against Mid America for safety violations Mid America released a deposition by State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye, saying Sugarland refused to postpone the concert.

Now Mid-America says it's concerned Sugarland's spring concert schedule that starts April 5th will make it impossible to question the duo.

Mayer issued this statement to 13 Investigates today:

"Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have not refused to give depositions; they are simply refusing to be bullied into doing so on short notice without sufficient time to prepare. They and we very much share in the anguish of all those touched by this terrible tragedy, but no one's interest are served by trying to short-circuit the legal process."

Sugarland's attorneys say Nettles and Bush will make themselves available in May, but at an alternate location.

Allan Mayer says Sugarland is willing to turn over its insurance information, but says it's too premature for depositions.

A Marion County judge is expected to rule on these dueling motions Friday.

See Sugarland's motion for a protective order.