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EXCLUSIVE: "Toots" Hibbert Describes Being Hit With Bottle

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RICHMOND, VA—A Henrico County teen has been charged with assaulting the leader of the reggae band Toots and the Maytals during Saturday's Riverrock festival. "Toots" Hibbert spoke exclusively to 8News about the incident.

"It was a terrible accident. But I'm still here, I'm strong." Frederick "Toots" Hibbert remained positive after the incident. Hibbert was hit by a glass bottle thrown from the crowd Saturday night as the band was performing at the Dominion Riverrock outdoor sports and music festival. The band stopped playing after he was hit.

"It was terrible when it happened. There was a lot of blood. It covered my head," said Hibbert.

"Toots" told us that he has toured the world, and never encountered an incident like the one here in Richmond. He stresses that he might return to Richmond in the future, but it will not be for a long time.

"I have no, have no hatred for the people or for the place. It's just they need proper security."

William C. Lewis, 19, of Henrico County, was arrested at the festival. He has been charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication.

Frederick "Toots" Hibbert was taken to VCU Medical Center where he was treated for the cut to his head. Hibbert told 8News he received five staples to his head.

Festival organizers say Hibbert was in good spirits despite the traumatic event and regretted that the concert had to be stopped early.

The band appeared at a concert in New York on Sunday night, but "Toots" said he planned to take the next few days off.

"It's just, you have to forgive but don't forget and just try to do better."

Witnesses are asked to call Detective Christopher Foultz at 646-6996. Anyone with information can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip.

 

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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