Bret Michaels Sues the Tonys Over 2009 Stage Accident

Rocker claims that his run-in with a set piece could be responsible for his subsequent brain hemorrhage

Nothin' but a good time? Not so much, where Bret Michaels and the Tonys are concerned.

The Poison rocker and "Rock of Love" star filed a lawsuit against the Tony Awards and CBS, for an injury he sustained while performing at the 2009 Tonys.

"The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret’s head and then, instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings,” Michaels' attorney, Alex Weingarten, said in a statement.

"Bret never wanted to file a lawsuit but the Tonys have left us with no choice. They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do.”

The 48-year-old rocker was struck in the head by a descending set piece after completing the song "Nothin' But a Good Time" at the Tonys. The lawsuit alleges that the injury may have been responsible for the subarachnoid hemorrhage he suffered in 2010. Court papers obtained by TheWrap state, "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."

Michaels claims 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.

Michaels is seeking unspecified damages.


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