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Toots and the Maytals star sues fan over bottle injury

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Jun 19, 2013 | 9:24am EDT

Reggae icon Frederick 'toots' Hibbert is suing a fan who allegedly hurled a bottle at him during a concert in Virginia last month (May13). The Toots and the Maytals frontman has filed a $21 million (£13.5 million) civil action suit against William Connor Lewis, who the singer claims threw a vodka bottle at him during the Dominion Riverrock festival in Richmond. Hibbert called off the remainder of his U.S. acoustic concert tour after the incident, and claims he has suffered "continuing medical issues" ever since. In a statement, Hibbert's lawyer Michael R. Shapiro argues Lewis is "unquestionably" responsible for his client's injuries, insisting, "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." Lewis is facing a charge of felony assault, and a grand jury indictment has been scheduled for 1 July (13). Meanwhile, Hibbert has thanked fans for their concern and messages of support.

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