The state of Illinois sued the Dave Matthews Band on Tuesday for allegedly dumping up to 800 pounds of liquid human waste from a bus into the Chicago River, dousing a tour boat filled with passengers.
The lawsuit accuses the band and one of its bus drivers of violating state water pollution and public nuisance laws. It seeks $70,000 in civil penalties.
“Our driver has stated that he was not involved in this incident,” band spokesman John Vlautin said in a statement.
Yeah, I’m sure he stated that. In the end they’ll claim equipment malfunction and pay a fine. Some tours put incredible amounts of stress on the bus drivers. I am not saying the driver should not be fined, dumping the toilets into the river is inexcusable, but I understand the stress some of those guys are under.