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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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16.

your own luck    

If he had gone to rehearsal and been on his marks like everyone else, he would have been fine. It was his mistake.

1272 days ago
17.

semperfi23    

Give a new meaning to LOSER. Next time look where ur going ....

1272 days ago
18.

Theater Man    

He's the Idiot!!! If you watch the video, you see his band get on the platform so that the “fly” can come down. Brett screw’s around and then tries to get on at last minuet. HIT YOUR DAMN MARK WHEN YOUR SUPPOSE TO!

1272 days ago
19.

Rabbitt    

I actually think this might be legit. Maybe. I can understand why he would honestly believe that caused his problem. It will be hard to prove though, whether that injury to his head (which was a pretty hard one) was the cause or if it was just one of those rare 'struck by lightning' things that happen to some people. I would think, however, that after his harrowing ordeal (and with having plenty of money in the bank) he'd prefer to just let it go and enjoy being alive to spend time with his kids.

1272 days ago
20.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Two words bald

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1272 days ago
21.

Mary Ann    

Don't get me wrong, I like Bret, I think he is pretty cool. Although, after looking at the tape, he was the one that delayed getting off stage...his bandmates were able to. It was his own fault.

One of the commenters mentioned a rehearsal. If he did not attend the rehearsal then he is definately at fault as he blew off what he needed to know about his mark.

1272 days ago
22.

Cricket    

Good Gawd...it was an accident that was as much his fault as anyone's. He doesn't need the money. He's becoming a huge jerk lately and I believe he slept with Miley's mother. He has no boundaries.

1272 days ago
23.

Ty    

americans, always suing. If he really cares about safety then he will donate all the money he gets to charity. He doesnt need any. jerk.

1272 days ago
24.

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1272 days ago
25.

Donna    

Go get em' Bret, honey! We're on your side. Glad you are doing ok. <3

1272 days ago
26.

slvrbaq    

Dude, No one cares about you anymore... Anything for publicity, sad...

1272 days ago
27.

CzestCarter    

If Bret Michaels didn’t get hurt we would of never of heard of this incident. He over reacted with the lawsuit and is in it for the money and publicity now. Now he’s going to be on Advil commercials..smh

1272 days ago
28.

Tony    

Who's smarter, Bret Michaels for suing The Tony Awards Show or
the lawyer that convinced the him to sue in the first place? Who stands to make more money? Who's thankful Bret got hit in the head?

1272 days ago
29.

THIN LIZZY    

He's probably right but too little too late Bret.

1272 days ago
30.

Tony    

When you think you've finally outsmarted everyone it's time to fire your lawyer.

1272 days ago
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