Toots Revenge: Hibbert Files Suit Against Alleged Bottle-Thrower


Last month we reported on an incident in Richmond, VA; where a glass bottle was thrown by a 19-year-old man, William Connor Lewis, at legendary reggae performers Toots and the Maytals' lead singer Fredrick "Toots" Hibbert. Toots went on with a handful of shows after suffering a "bloody forehead laceration," but wound up cancelling the end of his tour to focus on recovering from the injury. Toots is seeking compensation for his injuries as Billboard reports that Hibbert filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Lewis.

According to Billboard, Hibbert is seeking "$1,000,000 in compensatory damages and $20,000,000 in punitive damages in addition to court costs and suit moneys." Toots's attorneys filed the suit in Circuit Court for the City of Richmond last week. Hibbert returned to Richmond, the site of the May 18 incident, recently to attend Lewis's arraignment. Lewis was charged with felony assault and public drunkenness stemming from allegations he threw a Grey Goose vodka bottle at 70-year-old Hibbert.

“Toots attended Friday’s hearing to ensure maximum effort is made to protect other artists from possible injury,” Hibbert's business manager, Andrea Davis, told Billboard. Toots' complaint details the incident, "At approximately 10:15 p.m. Lewis intentionally threw with such great force and violence the bottle of Grey Goose Vodka which he had in his possession, the blow suffered by Hibbert caused a serious, significant tear to his forehead and face, forcing him to suffer permanent scarring and caused him to become disoriented and grievously injured in body and mind."

Video of Toots & The Maytals' performance of "Country Roads" shows what went down (the bottle gets thrown at the 4:24 mark):

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DarkstarWolf Sat 6/8/2013 06:46PM
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dopen993 Sun 6/9/2013 08:55AM
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Now I know I'm gonna get shit for this but I feel he is being a bit ridiculous by asking for over 20 million from a 19 year old kid. I know he is trying to set a precedence and make sure this type of thing never happens again, and I can absolutely respect that, but this is over the top.

Send the kid to jail, make him do a crap load of community service, whatever....trying to get that much money from a KID is like getting blood from a stone.

"grievously injured in body and mind" Really???

barstoolrodeo4 Sun 6/9/2013 09:16PM
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I agree the price tag is steep and seems ridiculous. . .but at the same time,the "kid" needs to pay more than just doing community service. Think of all the money lost by Toots because he had to cancel the tour, the money used for hospital bills, and yes, the general pain and suffering he had to go through. 20 million is steep but at the same time the "kid" going to jail doesn't put money in Toots' pocket. Hopefully the little f@$#er is from a rich family

bnicks555 Sun 6/9/2013 09:48PM
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montra1 starstarstarstar Mon 6/10/2013 05:06AM
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dopen993 Mon 6/10/2013 07:30AM
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I completely agree, the kid is a douche and needs to pay for the money lost due to ticket sales, potential merchandise, and obviously medical bills present and future...but there is no way that adds up to 20 million. I love how the festival people said he must have "stole" the grey goose bottle from the mixed drink area, because there is no way he could have snuck the bottle in through their rigorous bag checking area.

FYI....Toots is suing his former manager from 1994-96 for 1 million because of bad management. Seems like the 70 year is building his retirement IMO.

toulouse Wed 6/12/2013 08:55AM
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bnicks555 is the IDIOT here. and a pussy as well.... would not know what a man was if it kicked his butt for being so stupid. making those kind of comments on something he's know's nothing about. Toots is a 70 year old man that took a cheap shot from a punk hiding in the audience. That kid is lucky the audience did not take care of him on the spot as opposed to literally passing him forward to the cops, who insisted that charges be filed.

I'd like to see bnicks555 take the shot that Toots did and continue to work and fulfill his contracts despite a 4 inch laceration on his skull and a CONCUSSION. It's amazing he did as much as he did after the incident. Younger men would have called the tour quits on the spot. He went as long as he could til the concussion won out.

Some people are just plain IDIOTS and bnicks555 is one of them. dumb jerk.

Mark Price former NBA star starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/15/2013 09:59PM
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Mark Price former NBA star

Yeah it's steep, but people need to not be fucktards when at shows. It doesn't matter the age, or how messed up you are...if you are at a show, handle your shit or pay the price. This little asshole is now going to pay the price and it is about time. Think about all the performers who haven't done anything and still put up with it for whatever reason. Good for Toots.