added: 28 Aug 2013 // by: VVN Music
For the second time in a week, a veteran music artist has filed a lawsuit over attacks during a concert.
Earlier, Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers entered a $5 million lawsuit against his attacker, festival organizers and the city of Hayward, CA after a concert goer jumped on the stage and began hitting and kicking the singer.
On August 16, Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, of Toots and the Maytals, filed a $20 million suit against Venture Richmond, Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers, Inc., Regional Marketing Concepts, Inc. and concession owner Strawberry Street Events and Concessions over a May incident in which he was struck in the head by a vodka bottle that was thrown from the crowd.
The band was playing at the Dominion Riverrock Festival in Richmond when 19-year-old William C. Lewis threw the bottle, hitting Hibbert in the forehead and causing lacerations. The singer has been receiving ongoing treatment and a number of concerts have been cancelled since the incident.
Hibbert has also sued Lewis for $21 million.
The suit alleges negligence in providing security and controlling alcoholic beverage sales during the event. Jack Berry, executive director of Venture Richmond, released a statement saying "There is no way that Venture Richmond or Sports Backers could reasonably have anticipated or prevented this random act by a teenage spectator. He alone should be held responsible. As you might imagine, we are very concerned about how lawsuits such as this could impact the future of outdoor festivals in Richmond, as all events depend on our ability to secure liability insurance."
According to the suit, Hibbert's career has been damaged as he "cannot perform as he is fearful, cannot remember lyrics to songs he has written and performed over 40 years, and he cannot write songs, record or produce music."
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