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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.

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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What an idiot. What was he doing at the Tonys anyway?? Brokeass STD Rocker. Yeah, great idea, sue the one entertainment venue that actually has no money and struggles to deliver quality. Unlike Television, Film and whatever YOU do!

1304 days ago

Bald loser    

Maybe he should sue his bandmates, they knew where to go, they just didn't let him in on the secret. A scrape on the nose and a busted lip led to brain hemorrage 6 months later. Get real.Loser.

1304 days ago


I am really sick of hearing about this guy!!!!

1304 days ago


Sure Brett..Sue, sue sue...Blame someone else for your stupidity..

You had the brain hemmorage that almost took your life, you were told your limitations, which were limited and you were on the road again inspite of the Doctor's warnings about what and what not to do to insure a full recovery..

I never understood you from the time you beat the brain hemmorage and out the hospital door, and running across the street to the first studio who wanted to interview you, etc. performing one way or the other and not following the recovery advice from your doctor's. knowing the dangers, you had the audacity to go ahead and make your buck and brag about your love for your children and yet you were/are playing Russian Routlette for the "almighty dollar."

Don't expect flowers from me..

1304 days ago


Just gonna say it. he was the idiot who didn't show up for rehearsal before the show. that's where you learn what you're supposed to do, where you're supposed to go after you get done performing. Instead of getting off the stage so the show could continue, he's the a** who stood there basking in the spotlight and got hit in the head because the show was moving on without him. Get over yourself. Not going to lie, when it happened I laughed . . . a lot.

1303 days ago


Years of uncontrolled type 1 Diabetes, drinking to excess with type 1 Diabetes and ignoring Dr's advice regarding said disease, can and very often does lead to a hemorrhage of this type. Unless he has a CAT scan of his head immediately BEFORE this happened, it is impossible to prove that he survived all his partying unscathed all these years...

1303 days ago


Maybe if he wasn't such a publicity hog and exited the stage with the rest of the band he wouldn't have gotten smacked on the head.

1303 days ago


Idiot should have shown up for rehearsal like the rest of the band - which I know for a fact, he did not.

1303 days ago

Josiah Gust    

Its his own fault. He skipped the rehearsal to go play a show with his solo band. If he had gone to the practice with Poison instead of ditching them for his crap solo stuff he would have known where to go. I hope this comes up in the suit and they make him look like an idiot, since it was his own fault

1302 days ago


And in other news...The Tony Awards will sue Brett Michaels for giving their sign Herpes !!!

1301 days ago
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