Bret Michaels Files Lawsuit Against CBS and Tony Awards

Atlanta 3/27/2011 01:37 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

In a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Bret Michaels is seeking unspecified damages for a head injury he sustained during the 2009 Tony Awards. Michaels and his band Poison were performing at the Tonys when he was knocked down by a piece of scenery. Michaels suffered a fractured nose and split lip. He blames the incident for a brain hemorrhage he suffered in April 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 lawsuit states.

Michaels claims producers did not give him proper instructions on how to exit the stage. “Michaels was never told that the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented. Quite the opposite, Michaels specifically asked for instructions regarding how to exit after his performance and was just told to walk off the rear of the stage – in what was ultimately the danger zone,” court documents say.

"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 … Bret never wanted to file a lawsuit, but the Tony Awards have left us with no choice. They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do,” Michaels’ attorney said in a statement.

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