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Frontman Of Popular Jamaican Ska Group Hit By Bottle During Virginia Show

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Frederick "Toots'' Hibbert.
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Frederick "Toots'' Hibbert.

In Virginia, the frontman for the popular reggae and ska band Toots and the Maytals is recovering after being attacked during a concert in Richmond. According to published reports, Frederick "Toots'' Hibbert was injured when an unidentified 19-year old man in the crowd threw a bottle that hit him in the head. 

The incident occurred late Saturday as the band was performing at the Dominion Riverrock outdoor sports and music festival. The man was arrested and charged with aggrivated assault. Organizers say the concert was stopped and spectators were asked to leave. Hibbert, meanwhile was taken to the VCU medical center, treated for a cut on his head, then released.

Jack Berry, executive director of Venture Richmond, which produced the three-day event says participants are not allowed to bring bottles into the event. Berry also says investigators believe the vodka bottle which injured Hibbert was stolen from the mixed beverage concessions area at the concert venue.

Sunday's final day of the concert went on without incident, and according to the band's Facebook page, Hibbert received seven stitches but was still able to perform in New York on Sunday. Hibbert is still scheduled to perform tonight in Annapolis and on Wednesday in D.C.

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