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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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136.

Sammie    

They probably thought he was bright enough to actually LOOK where he was walking. Good Grief! He's probably thinking if I win this case, I won't have to work anymore. Guess this is why he won Apprentice.

1217 days ago
137.

SH    

I sort of felt empathy on the Apprentice for him. Now I feel nothing other that pity. Maybe the smack also altered his brain cells. He's going to have to show it's more likely than not the accident caused all his many age and abuse-related (as in, he abused his body) problems. Unlikely. Then he'll be sued in 4 o 5 years to pay back his lawyer who lost the case.

Losing!

1217 days ago
138.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

just give him a gift certificate to the hair plug club..he will go away

1217 days ago
139.

kelly    

Bret Michaels is a douche.

1217 days ago
140.

niles    

what the hell was he doing at the Tony's anyway? He needs to stay in the back of his tour bus getting high and contracting new STDs.

1217 days ago
141.

jerry    

He should have not been so stupid to watch out for things around him. He is an idiot and a lame brain, looking for extra cash to feed his drug habit. What an idiot!

1217 days ago
142.

Gary    

please die soon! washed up piece of ****! diabetes takes too long!!

1217 days ago
143.

Arthur Fufkin    

With that massive wig, you'd think it would have absorbed all the impact.

1217 days ago
144.

iKNOW    

a little bird who performed that night told me that if the dumba$$ showed up for rehursal like everyone ELSE he would have known where to walk.

1217 days ago
145.

Kathryn    

What a crock; has been a stoner for 20+ years that is likely what caused his stroke in addition the "injury".

1217 days ago
146.

BW    

This old prune should have known where to exit,
if not it's his own fault. If you don't know
where to go, friggin ask someone you ediot.
Da, where do I go, where do I go.

1217 days ago
147.

marty    

every rose has it's thorn Bret, grow up. Perhaps your "rockstar" lifestyle had something to do with it!

1217 days ago
148.

dave    

the Tonys almost killed you? they should have tried harder.

1217 days ago
149.

wtr    

ok, i dont claim to know the whole story, but it seems funny that the other band members new exactly where to go and he lingered on stage without a clue - missed rehearsals maybe?

Also, "through his own sheer will to live..." yeah, i'm sure the numerous nurses, doctors and hospital staff had nothing to do with helping you live, brett, it was ALL YOU and your indomitable spirit.

1217 days ago
150.

pdrc    

Is he such a Diva that he cannot ask his own questions? (for example where is the exit?) What a twit.

1217 days ago
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