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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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31.

Sad sad    

People suspected that when he had the hemorrhage. No idea why he didn't sue when it happened or had scan.

1255 days ago
32.

frank     

Why doesn't he take that dam bandana & hat off so ridicolous do people actually believe that old fart isn't bald i wanna see!

1255 days ago
33.

Tyler    

Don't blame the Tony's. Blame the fact that the 80's are over and everyone's tired of your out-dated talentless, reality TV, commercial horse crap. You're a joke, and it's time to let go. You can only bleach that grey hair for so long, d^ck. Making your mark is part of show business. Isn't that the name of the whiskey you and the rest of your bandmates drank before they ended up hating you?

1255 days ago
34.

Silvie    

I just went to the video and watched the accident and he definitely should sue! That backdrop should not have come down until he was off stage! As he turned around and went to leave the stage the thing was just above his head and coming down quickly. He's definitely going to win this one. And yes head trauma can cause all kinds of problems afterwards.

1255 days ago
35.

Missy    

I seriously doubt Bret Michaels is hard up for cash! Given the fact it probably played a role in his near death, I think he should get something.

1255 days ago
36.

shelley    

Guess he needs some money. Hard to believe someone who has been performing as long as he has needs to be told how to exit a stage. Kind of like a cowboy suing the rodeo for not telling him how to get off the horse at the end of a ride.
idiot

1255 days ago
37.

Fallopia Lopez    

Man, I hate when people think they can rule on a lawsuit after watching a 20 second clip and making up their own rule.

Bret's an anachronism. He's rather lucky to have been invited to perform. I have a feeling he won't be invited back.

1255 days ago
38.

Andyace    

These Hollywood Douchbags live for lawsuits!

1255 days ago
39.

Lori    

Doesn't he have Diabetes? And doesn't that illness lend itself to hemorrhages?

Just sayin'

1255 days ago
40.

J    

Reminds me of the Anita Hill doll. You pull the string and it talks 10 years later.

1255 days ago
41.

Lori    

Maybe he's going to buy that hair he's missing and he needs all the cash he can get?

The bandana has to go dude...nobody's fooled by it.

1255 days ago
42.

justagirl    

I bet a ton of his X-girlfriends called him afterwards offering him all sorts of comfort and words of support/encouragement but were really laughing. Every rose has it's thorn.

1255 days ago
43.

Tony    

On second thought Bret, when you're done suing these people please give me a call I can help you sue the company that makes stage equipment. If you're further interested we can sue your bandmates for not securing you away from the curtain before it hit your head. The person that immediately followed your accident can be made accountable for your injury because they did not seek an immediate halt to production in order to allow for your safety.

Bret we can also seek compensation from the theater itself for not having proper stage equiptment, it should have shut down before causing harm to anyone. Once we're done with that we can sue the lighting company that supplied the stage with lights that caused you miss your mark by blinding you.

Bret we can also sue the sound production for playing too loud in your ear piece and drowning out the sound of the curtain falling to your head. If you could have heard the curtain you would have had a chance to move out of the way.

We can sue the state for not having Emergency Service Techs on standby in an area where they were obviously needed. Clearly your accident is proof that the state needed to supply a quick method of transportation to the hospital incase of such an emergency.

Bret when you're done with your current legal adviser please give me a call. I would be more than happy to entertain you with all the legal possibilities that are open to you and your head injury.

1255 days ago
44.

Greg    

GEESH. What's next? Bret is going to sue the Jeans Company because he got his WINKIE stuck in his zipper?No one showed him how to use the fly.

1255 days ago
45.

Cujeaux    

It's quite possible that the mandanna (with the long hair sewn in) THAT HE CHOSE TO WEAR obstructed his peripheral vision and played a part in the accident.

From what I can see the Tony's have an out in this case. All they have to say is that they asked Brett not to wear that disgusting rag on his head for safety reasons but he refused. We all know how he can't part with it so it wouldn't be hard to convince a jury of that fact.

Another theory of mine is that he was wearing a man girdle that was too tight to bend at the waist. The slow mo of the tape shows that before the dork got clotheslined he attempted to bend his knees while his upper body remained fully upright.

1255 days ago
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