Bret Michaels Sues CBS, Tony Awards over 2009 Accident
Bret Michaels is dragging CBS and the Tony Awards to court over an incident that occurred more than a year ago during the 63rd edition of the show that recognizes achievements of Broadway productions.
In his suit, Michaels claimed that an accident in the 2009 Tony Awards, where he was hit in the head by a piece of scenery, has contributed to his recent health problems, including a brain hemorrhage that almost cost him his life last year. In a statement to EW, Michaels’ attorney, Alex Weingarter, said: “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.”
Michaels and his band had just performed their hit song “Nothin’ But a Good Time” and was exiting the stage when he was hit in the head by the descending set piece. The impact of the scenery knocked down the 48-year-old rocker, who needed three stitches to close his cut lip.