Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert has been forced to cancel a string of live dates following the incident
Toots And The Maytals frontman, Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert is suing a concert goer for £13.5 million, claiming he sustained serious injury after the man threw a vodka bottle at his head.
Hibbert has been forced to cancel all of his upcoming live shows due to injuries sustained at the RiverRock festival in Richmond, Virginia on May 19. The singer is said to have been “undergoing medical tests and treatment” since festival goer Connor Lewis allegedly threw a vodka bottle toward the stage, hitting Hibbert and injuring him. A public drunkeness misdemeanor charge against Lewis has already been dismissed.
In a statement released online, Hibbert’s attorney, Michael R Shapiro, says Lewis is “unquestionably” responsible for his client’s injuries: “This tragic incident that caused serious injury to Toots is the subject of an going investigation in terms of responsibility. Toots and his management team share with me the view that we should only sue those who we know to have responsibility for this vicious attack. At this moment in time, the bottle thrower, Mr Lewis unquestionably falls in that category and thus the $21 million (£13.5 million) civil action against him. As we investigate the matter fuller and that investigation indicates other responsible parties, I can assure you that we will respond in an appropriate manner to impose legal responsibility for any such actions or omissions upon any such individuals, companies or entities.”
Among the cancelled Toots And The Maytals dates will be the ‘Groovin in the Park’ festival in New York on June 30 and the planned six-week European summer tour running through July and into August.