You may recall that back in 2009, Bret Michaels and the rest of Poison played a Rock of Ages tribute at the Tony Awards that ended badly when a set piece fell on Michaels’ head. He was sent to the hospital for stitches and treatment for a broken nose as a result of the mishap. Well, nearly two years later, Michaels is suing CBS and the Tonys. His lawyer, Alex Weingarten explains “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.”
Sure, a few stitches doesn’t sound serious or like Bret was “almost killed,” but the suit alleges that the head trauma he suffered could very possibly be a cause for the brain hemorrhage he suffered in 2010. Bret claims he asked for direction on how to exit the stage after his performance and “was just told to walk off the rear of the stage — in what was ultimately the danger zone” where the piece of scenery slammed into him.
Back in 2009, Michaels wrote, “I am trying to remain very positive and somewhat humorous about the whole situation. …Over the last few days a lot of speculation as to what happened and who is to blame have surfaced. I need to make clear at no point since the incident occurred do I feel like the accident was malicious in any way and I feel this will all work itself out. However I must state I found it a little strange that the only statement released by the Tony organization was that I missed my mark and that I was completely fine.” Unfortunately, it seems like the humor of the situation has been lost and it’s time to take action. He is seeking unspecified damages.
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