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Jamaican singer files multi-million dollar lawsuit against Virginia youth

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2013 | 11:22 AM

VIRGINIA, Jun 15, CMC – The lead singer of the Grammy Award winning reggae group, Toots and the Maytals has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a 19-year-old man who threw a bottle at him during a concert here in May.

The youth has been charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly threw the bottle on the stage while the group was performing at the Dominion Riverrock concert in Richmond, Virginia, hitting Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, 70, in the head.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Hibbert is seeking one million US dollars in compensatory damages and US$20 million in punitive damages.

Toots and the Maytals, known for classics such as “Pressure Drop”, “Fine and Dandy,” and “54-46” had asked fans who may have evidence of the alleged crime to contact them.

“Any fans who were present and who saw anything, please send this page ...with your contact info so our staff can reach out to you. Thank you,” Toots & the Maytals wrote on their Facebook page.

Organizers of the three-day festival, which combines sports, music and river life, said the concert was immediately stopped after Hibbert was hit, and spectators were asked to leave.

In his lawsuit, Hibbert claims he suffered permanent scarring and was left disoriented and grievously injured in body and mind. He said he has also been unable to record, compose, or make public appearances. The lawsuit also claims that Hibbert lost a significant amount of income as he had to cancel the rest of the tour.