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Bret Michaels sues Tony Awards over head-banging mishap



bret-michaels-injured.jpgRemember when Bret Michaels got clocked by a falling set piece at the 2009 Tony Awards? Guess Bret still does because he's officially sued CBS and the Tonys for the incident, claiming it contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. (Watch it again here.) So much for just dismissing it as just another thorn on a rose.

"Through his sheer will to live, to see his children grow up, Michaels was able to survive this trauma," his lawsuit states, according to a report by the Associated Press

Michaels and Poison performed at the Tony Awards in June 2009 and the singer suffered a busted lip and broken nose when he was whacked by a piece of scenery. Michaels was hospitalized in April 2010 and doctors found he had a brain hemorrhage and he later suffered a warning stroke, which the musician says nearly killed him.

The lawsuit claims show organizers never explained that the set would be changing after the band performed, Nothin' But a Good Time. Within days of the accident, Michaels expressed dismay that Tony organizers hadn't shown more concern about the incident.

"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 wrote in a statement.

CBS and the Tony organizers haven't responded to the lawsuit.

[Last modified: Saturday, March 26, 2011 7:57am]


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