Bret Michaels files lawsuit against Tonys and CBS for 2009 injury
Bret Michaels has filed a lawsuit against the Tony Awards and CBS for an injury he sustained while performing at the 2009 Tonys.
The 48-year-old Poison rocker was struck in the head by a piece of the stage's set after completing the song "Nothing But a Good Time" at the award show and the court papers allege that the head trauma might have been responsible for Michaels' 2010 subarachnoid hemorrhage since head trauma is one of the main causes of that type of hemorrhage.
"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."
Prior to his performance, Michaels asked for staging instructions and was only told to exit the stage from the rear, according to the court documents. Upon leaving the stage, Michaels was struck to the ground by the scenery, fractured his nose and required three stitches in his lip. After the incident, the producers told the press that Michaels had "missed his mark."
In January, Michaels underwent heart surgery, where doctors inserted a device that would stop abnormal blood flow between two chambers of his heart, which is thought to have caused the stroke. Doctors found a hole in Michael's heart in April after treating him for a warning stroke and brain hemorrhage.
In December, an episode of this VH1 reality show "Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It" showed that he and longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson, the mother of his two daughters, have gotten engaged.
Despite his ailments, the rocker has been keeping busy during the past few months. He toured the United States and Canada with his side band and released his fourth solo album.
In the spring, Michaels plans to release his autobiography, "Roses & Thorns: The Reality of My Rock & Roll Fantasy," and launch a book tour.
Poison was most popular in the 1980s with hits such as "Nothing But a Good Time" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Michaels gained a whole new generation of fans with his VH1 dating reality series "Rock of Love." He also won Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2010.