Toots under pressure

Sunday, January 05, 2014    

Print this page Email A Friend!

TOOTS Hibbert has earned the title 'reggae great' due to an enduring career that has produced classic songs like 54-46 and Pressure Drop, but that meant nothing to an intoxicated fan who struck him with a bottle during a concert in May.

The incident took place in Richmond, Virginia. The 71-year-old Toots suffered a concussion and a wound that required six staples.

In June, he filed a $21-million civil lawsuit against the 'thrower' William Connor Lewis.

In a letter read at Lewis' hearing in December, Toots stated that he has not performed in more than seven months and cancelled all shows due to his injury.

"I continue to suffer from extreme anxiety, memory loss, headaches, dizziness and, most sadly of all, a fear of crowds and performing," he wrote. "I am not able to write songs as I did before or remember the lyrics of songs that I wrote and have performed for decades."

Despite his impediment, Toots pleaded for lenience for Lewis, but that could not stop judge Margaret P Spencer from sentencing him to serve six months in jail.

Lewis had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault and battery.





1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus


Do you think an increase in JUTC bus fares is justified at this time?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon