Su­gar­land singer to give de­po­si­tion in fair suit

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

Singer Jen­nifer Net­tles of the coun­try duo Su­gar­land has been or­dered to give a de­po­si­tion next month in law­suits filed over Au­gust’s deadly In­di­ana State Fair stage col­lapse.

At­tor­neys for stage builder MidAmer­ica Sound Corp. had wanted Miss Net­tles and fel­low band mem­ber Kris­tian Bush to be­gin pro­vid­ing de­po­si­tions start­ing Mon­day, but Mar­ion Su­pe­rior Court Judge Theodore Sosin on Fri­day ap­proved a re­quest by the band’s at­tor­neys to re­ject that timetable.

Su­gar­land’s at­tor­neys had pro­posed hold­ing de­po­si­tions in May, but the judge or­dered them to pro­vide dates and times be­tween April 1 and April 15 in which only Ms. Net­tles can tes­tify.

Mid-amer­ica built the roof and rig­ging used to hold lights and sound equip­ment that col­lapsed Aug. 13 be­fore the sched­uled Su­gar­land con­cert. Seven peo­ple died and dozens were in­jured. unau­tho­rized ac­cess to a com­puter and wire­tap­ping, the doc­u­ments say. He faces up to 60 years in prison.

De­fense at­tor­ney Christopher Chest­nut said Thurs­day night that he is still work­ing with prose­cu­tors and wouldn’t con­firm the num­ber of felony counts to which Mr. Chaney will plead guilty.

“To date, Chris has been very co­op­er­a­tive with prose­cu­tors, he’s re­morse­ful for any of the harm caused to the stars, and just looks to a res­o­lu­tion of the case,” Mr. Chest­nut said.

Mr. Chaney was ar­rested in Oc­to­ber as part of a year­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion of celebrity hack­ing that au­thor­i­ties dubbed Op­er­a­tion Hackerazzi.

Prose­cu­tors said Mr. Chaney hacked into the email ac­counts of more than 50 peo­ple in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, in­clud­ing Miss Aguil­era and Miss Jo­hans­son. Nude pho­tos Miss Jo­hans­son had taken of her­self were later posted on the In­ter­net. Miss Aguil­era also had pri­vate pho­tos put on­line, court doc­u­ments show.

Miss Jo­hans­son told Van­ity Fair for its De­cem­ber is­sue that the pho­tos were meant for Ryan Reynolds, who is now her ex-hus­band.

Mr. Chaney mined through pub­licly avail­able data to fig­ure out pass­word and se­cu­rity ques­tions for celebrity ac­counts. He hi­jacked a for­ward­ing fea­ture so that a copy of ev­ery email a celebrity re­ceived was sent to an ac­count he con­trolled, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Mr. Chaney for­warded many of the pho­to­graphs to two gos­sip web­sites and an­other hacker, but there wasn’t any ev­i­dence that he prof­ited from his scheme, au­thor­i­ties said. He has since apol­o­gized for his ac­tions.

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