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Bret Michaels Sues

The Tonys Almost KILLED Me

3/25/2011 7:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bret Michaels blames the 2009 Tony Awards for causing the brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him ... after he was whacked in the head by a piece of scenery while performing on the show.

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Michaels has filed a lawsuit against Tony Award Productions, CBS and others ... blaming producers for not instructing him on how to safely exit the stage after his performance was over ... because while he tried to exit, he was "smacked" in the face by a piece of the set.

In the suit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Michaels claims he had to be hospitalized for a broken nose and a cut lip.

Six months after the awards, Bret nearly died from a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage -- and the rocker insists it was NO coincidence.

In his suit, Michaels claims, "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."

0325_bret_michaels_video_smallMichaels notes, "Through his sheer will to live, to see his children grow up, [he] was able to survive this trauma."

Bret says producers have "failed and refused" to remedy the situation ... and even blamed him for the mishap at the Tony Awards, claiming he "missed his mark."

Michaels is suing for unspecified damages. A rep for the Tonys had no comment.

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1.

kp    

you have to blame some one

1225 days ago
2.

Amazed    

I like Bret, but I've got to say that he should accept some personal responsibility for his own actions and stop blaming others for that accident...it was no one's fault...learn from your mistakes and know where to go next time. Everyone is so sue happy these days...looking for the big payout. I remember reading that his doctors said that incident had nothing to do with it.

1225 days ago
3.

christy    

Oh for frack's sake. Sue someone because they did not
tell you how to walk. idiot.

1225 days ago
4.

Clay the don sippin Dom P daily like John.    

That **** wasn't cool at all, the stage manager should've told him where to stand, X with tape, DUH!
Oh yeah bump my music, searh for DEM DAM KEYIDS

1225 days ago
5.

tina    

What an idiot.

1225 days ago
6.

dudeiamhere    

This pain in the a** needs to go away ! He is just broke and needing money now and will do anything to make a quick buck.

1225 days ago
7.

jb    

THAT'S RIDICULOUS!!! HE WAS OUT THERE GRANDSTANDING AND NOT BEHIND THE CURTAIN WHERE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE! WHAT A GREEDY BASTARD!!!

1225 days ago
8.

Cujeaux    

Funny how the rest of his band mates knew to get the hell out of the way, but Brett just had to bask in the glory of the spotlight, which is the main reason he got knocked in the head.

I knew it would come down to this. It took him a while to figure it out because he's a bit slow, but he's going to cash in on what was clearly an accident on the part of the show. After he was a no show for the rehearsal they should have canned his ass.

His kids would have been much better off without his horrible role modeling.

1225 days ago
9.

Darryll    

It's the talents responsibility to show up to rehearsal and learn where to exit. Bret was offered all opportunities on how to safely interact with the stage he was on. Bret understood when agreeing to perform on the show that incidents might occur that could possibly harm him but agreed not to take them into court if he was harmed.

The first thing you're instructed when entering a stage for rehearsal is where to exit after your performance. All talent is responsible for exiting properly and in a timely manner. He has no legitimate cause to sue the production team for the terrible injuries he suffered.

This is nothing more than an attempt to force them to settle in order to avoid making it public.

It's blackmail.

1225 days ago
10.

Deuce's mom    

and all the years of self-inflicted abusive behaviors had nothing to do with increasing his already high risk (diabetes)of crappy and narrowed arteries. Idiot.

1225 days ago
11.

Ryan    

i gotta admit, i feel bad he got injured.. but it was hilarious to watch... OWNED maybe 2nd best to Sebastian Back falling off the stage.. but why'd he wait so long to take action?

1225 days ago
12.

cb    

I go either way on this one. As both parties may have some fault. Maybe the sign he ran into could have been set a bit higher so as to not be so low that anyone would into it or maybe it is a result of timing from both parties (brett and the person running the sign to come down.)

1225 days ago
13.

Darryll    

Bret Michaels sues? Is Jason Beckerman his lawyer?

1225 days ago
14.

Darryll    

Jason Beckerman: "The curtain was provoking Bret Michaels into attacking it with his face, your honor!"

1225 days ago
15.

CCC    

I feel that the stage crew brought the sign down a bit too early. You can see that after a quick wave to the crowd, he turns and BAM, it's right there. Not Brett's fault. If any of us get injured at work or as in his case performing, the only logical thing to do is to sue for any medical damages and pain and suffering.

And as for Post #7 claiming Brett is broke, he has more money than he will ever spend in his lifetime. He is no where near broke.

1225 days ago
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