"Rock of Love" star Bret Michaels makes nice with the Tony Awards after nasty legal back-and-forth over 2009 stage injury
Our long national nightmare is over: Bret Michaels has made peace with the Tony Awards.
The Poison rocker has settled his lawsuit against the Tonys, over the injury he suffered while performing at the 2009 Tony Awards. The terms of the settlement will not be made public.
"Mr. Michaels would like to thank his fans for their continued support," Michaels' attorney, Alex Weingarten, said of the settlement.
Michaels filed the suit last March, naming the Tony Awards and CBS, which broadcast the awards ceremony.
The 49-year-old was struck in the head by a descending set piece after completing the song "Nothin' But a Good Time" with the "Rock of Ages" cast at the Tonys. The lawsuit alleged that the injury may have been responsible for the subarachnoid hemorrhage he suffered in 2010.
"One of the most common causes of this type of hemorrhage is head trauma — exactly like the one Michaels suffered at the hands of the Tony Awards," the suit read.
Michaels claimed that the producers neglected to warn him about any special "blocking" instructions that might have been necessary because of the scenery, which began to descend in preparation for a subsequent performance.
The legal saga took an ugly turn in February, when the Tonys filed a third-party cross-complaint against Rock of Ages Broadway LLC. At the time, Michaels' attorney called the move a "desperate" attempt to duck responsibility.
“This is a desperate act," Weingarten said. "The producers of the Tony Awards and their co-defendants cannot credibly deny that they almost killed Bret while he was performing with the cast of 'Rock of Ages,' so instead they are trying to point the finger elsewhere."
A spokesman for the Tony Awards told TheWrap that the settlement was "amicable."
In case you missed the incident, here's the video: