Lawyers for country duo Sugarland have said that fans are partly to blame for injuries suffered in the stage collapse that killed seven.
Many more were injured last August when a storm caused the stage to collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
In response to a lawsuit filed by 48 fans, the band's attorneys have said that injured fans “failed to exercise due care for their own safety” and that at least some of the injuries “resulted from their own fault.”
The lawyers also claimed that the storm was an “act of God” and denied that the band were to blame for not warning fans.
Hayley Waggoner of Cincinnati, suffered from concussion after violent winds brought down the stage rigging as she was sat in the front row with her twin sister.
Waggoner told Associated Press: “It disgusts me. Through this whole process, I don't feel like the band cares that much about fans.”
Sugarland have since issued a statement distancing themselves from the legal dispute:
“Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers and try to sensationalize the disaster. The single most important thing to Sugarland are their fans. Their support and love over the past nine years has been unmatched. For anyone to think otherwise is completely devastating to them.”