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(BOSTON) — Four of the performers injured in a May 4 accident at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus show in Providence, R.I., held a press conference on Tuesday to announced that they plan to file a lawsuit against “all responsible parties.”

The aerialists were performing a stunt in which they were suspended from their hair when the “chandelier” from which they were hanging gave way, dropping them 35 feet onto another dancer on the ground.

A lawyer for the women, Michael Krzak, said during the press conference that the goal is, “to make sure they’re held accountable for the accident that left these young ladies so terribly injured.” The four injured performers who appeared at the press conference on Tuesday were Viktoriya Medeiros, 35, Svitlana Balanicheva, 22, Julissa Segrega, 20, and Dayana Costa, 26.

Of the eight girls injured in the accident, seven have retained the Clifford Law Offices with the intent of filing the lawsuit. The eight woman injured is believed to have retained a different lawyer.

Each of the performers is going through, “hours and hours of daily therapy,” according to Medeiros. “We hope one day we will be healing enough so that we can live our life without this pain.”

The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus released a brief statement Tuesday wishing each of the performers “a quick recovery.”

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