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Toots Hibbert sues Sports Backers, Venture Richmond for $20M

Singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert was struck by a bottle thrown on-stage during the RiverRock event in Richmond, Va. (Source: YouTube) Singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert was struck by a bottle thrown on-stage during the RiverRock event in Richmond, Va. (Source: YouTube)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Reggae musician Frederick "Toots" Hibbert says he can no longer remember the words to his own songs and is now suing Sports Backers and Venture Richmond for $20 million, after being hit by a bottle during concert in Richmond in May.

Toots & the Maytals were performing as the headline act at the Riverrock festival on Brown's Island when Hibbert was struck on the head by a vodka bottle.  The concert ended abruptly and Hibbert was taken to the hospital. He later canceled the rest of his tour.

The lawsuit filed in Richmond Circuit Court claims breach of contract and negligence led to the incident.

The breach of contract claim stems from a clause in the contract that says at least four security guards would be on-site. Hibbert claims there were not four guards on duty. He also claims the organizers were negligent by not having proper security where the vodka was sold and failed to act quickly when guards saw the person waving the bottle around before he threw it. 

"They had a duty to act appropriately, reasonably and they didn't do it," said Mark Sandground, who is representing Hibbert. "That's what you call negligent and a violation of the standard of care." 

Hibbert is now back in Jamaica and unable to perform, according to Sandground. He says Hibbert can't remember the words to his songs and cannot sit and write, due to brain injuries sustained from the bottle strike.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Venture Richmond objected on Monday to the allegation of negligence, saying the teen charged in the incident is solely responsible.

Both Sports Backers and Venture Richmond officials had no comment on the case and referred NBC12 to their attorney.

The teen accused of throwing the bottle was indicted on a malicious wounding charge. Nineteen-year-old William Lewis will go on trial in December.

Hibbert is also suing Lewis for $21 million in a civil suit.

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