Bret Michaels settles case over 2009 Tonys accident
Bret Michaels has settled a lawsuit he had filed over injuries he sustained while performing at the 2009 Tony Awards - an accident he said may have helped spur a near-fatal brain hemorrhage.
The 49-year-old singer was struck in the head by a piece of the stage's set as he and his rock band Poison were finishing up a performance of their single "Nothing But A Good Time" along with the cast of the 1980s jukebox musical "Rock of Ages." Michaels was knocked to the ground, fractured his nose and busted open his lip.
Michaels sued the Tony Awards and broadcaster CBS in March 2011. His attorney said on Monday, May 14, that the parties had reached a settlement and that its terms would not be disclosed, according to the Associated Press.
Michaels had claimed that it was never explained to him that there would be a set change following his performance. Producers had told the press that the singer had "missed his mark." Michaels also criticized CBS for airing the accident. Clips of it were posted online moments after the first broadcast. Such annual ceremonies air live with a seconds-long delay.
In April 2010, about 10 months after the Tonys, Michaels suffered a brain hemorrhage. The rocker said it nearly killed him and that it may have been spurred by his head trauma at the Tonys. He later suffered a "warning" stroke. Doctors who treated him then found he had a hole in his heart. He had surgery in January 2011 to correct the ailment.
The rocker continued touring amid his treatments. His spokesperson said in July 2010 that Michaels experienced pain and short-term memory loss following his ailments but that he felt performing would help him recover.
He is currently performing shows with his side band in the United States and will join Poison on a North American summer concert series in June. The group is touring with Def Leppard, whose song "Rock of Ages" inspired the title of the Broadway musical. The show has been made into a movie starring Tom Cruise. It also incorporates Poison's music and hits theaters on June 15.