Robbins said he had permission to be on the site to help with construction of a vendor’s booth for Republic of Floyd owner Tom Ryan when FloydFest security chief Robert “Bob the Builder” Forman ordered him to leave.
Forman and Robbins have a history. An argument at a musical event at Pine Tavern last year ended with one punch and Forman on the losing end.
Robbins says he left the site and called FloydFest officials. One came and gave him permission to return after talking with the vacationing FloydFest owners by phone and went back with him on the site.
When Robbins and the FloydFest employee went back on the site to resume work, witnesses say Forman stormed up and unleashed a long string of obscenities at the FloydFest staffer, screaming “who the f— are you to overrule me.”
Forman called the Patrick County Sheriff’s office and a deputy arrived. Robbins was handcuffed and placed in the deputy’s car and FloydFest owners were called again. This time, Robbins said, the owners denied giving him permission to return to the site. So Robbins was taken to Stuart and charged with trespassing after being forbidden to be on the property.
Robbins says he had permission and would not have entered the site without it. FloydFest officials aren’t talking about the incident. Neither is Republic of Floyd owner Ryan. Others present say Forman was confrontational, belligerent and shouting obscenities.
Robbins is scheduled to be arraigned in Patrick County General District Court on Wednesday, July 21 — the day before FloydFest begins. He’s pissed, says he plans to fight the charge and is considering other legal action against FloydFest and Forman.