Bret Michaels is blaming his fall at the 2009 Tony Awards for his severe head injury.
If you didn't watch the Tony's that year (or didn't see the countless videos that were posted the morning after), Bret was hit in the head by a piece of scenery as he was exiting stage and suffered a busted lip and a broken nose.
A few months later, he suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage and has been in and out of hospitals ever since.
He's now suing both CBS and the Tony Awards for his head trauma.
His attorney, Alex Weingarten issued a statement:
"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."
The lawsuit also claims that the producers of the awards show failed to give him instructions on where to stand during his performance and was only told to "simply exit the stage from the rear."
It also reads:
"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.
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."
Bret is suing for unspecified damages and is taking issue with the way the producers dealt with the press afterwards. He's also suing for the cause of his subarachnoid hemorrhage.
We're actually surprised it took him this long to sue the awards show. It was a pretty nasty fall and he may just have an actual case here.
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