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Friday, March 25, 2011

Bret Michael Sues Over Tony Awards Accident

According to The Hollywood Reporter a lawsuit has been filed against CBS and Tony Award Productions.  The lawsuit claims that the shows producers are at fault for Bret Michael's on stage injury seen during the show.

The suit, filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, states that Michaels asked producers if they had any instructions about where he should or should not stand during any portion of his performance. They told him he should simply exit from the stage rear after he was done, according to the documents.
During the telecasts opening number, Michaels suffered a fractured nose and split lip after he was hit by a large sign descending from the ceiling following Poison's performance of "Nothin' But a Good Time” with the Rock of Ages cast.  
The suit states that Michaels was never told the sign piece would be descending or given “any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented.”
Six months after the accident, Michaels suffered a near fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage  — bleeding beneath the thin tissue covering the brain — “at the hands of the Tony Awards," the law suit claims.
“Through his sheer will to live, Michaels was able to survive this trauma,” the suit reads.
Michaels allegations are producers have "failed and refused" to remedy the situation, going as far as to blame him for the incident, claiming he "missed his mark."
There was no comment from the network.

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