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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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76.

lulusez    

See the **** Charlie Sheen started. A big money grab. I'm going to my boss Monday for repetitive xerox syndrome. Don't laugh...some bi-otch won $8mil in California for that.

1271 days ago
77.

john    

It seems to me he was late leaving the stage. I think he should take responsibility for his own actions and not try to grab onto another couple million dollars. I smell greed.

1271 days ago
78.

radicalred    

Please. Bret had a brain hemmorhage a year AFTER the incident at the Tonys. Slow bleeds in the brain don't last that long. Bret grandstanded and didn't follow his bandmates to the back of the stage and got pwned because of it.

Bret's drinking, partying lifestyle had nothing to do with his own medical condition, I suppose? Did he sue the motorcycle manufacturer when he wrecked his bike driving drunk? He almost died then too ... or how about when he wrecked his Lamborghini(?) and almost died. Was that the car maker's fault?

This is just another dou-chy move from a really dou-chy guy.

1271 days ago
79.

iamcabingirl     

You know I used to really love you Bret but now I think you are just sad and aging and dying for attention. I no longer love or respect you.

1271 days ago
80.

Trish    

Seriously? Sorry you went through all that but are you that desperate for money?

1271 days ago
81.

twilightmom    

@radical red
Actually it was 6 mths. True, lifestyle could have contributed as well as him being diabetic. But...who's to say that it *wasn't* caused by the backdrop. Maybe, it was building but not to the point of an actual bleed and the trauma to the head exacerbated it to the point??

@urbusted
Haha!! Hey there! Yeah....who could forget "her". The "dr" is in now. Lol
Yep....when he made his first appearance, never heard a word out of her!
I told ya', the power of self belief. Pulled more than one pt back from the brink. Leave work one night and they're circling the drain, don't expect them to live through the night. Come back two days later and they're sitting up eating and talking to company!!! :o

1271 days ago
82.

namers    

Gee, it's no wonder the rest of us are unemployed.

Cheers, Brett!

Pisses me off that The Donald fired Kourtney K. for her DUI but this dude is lauded for his 'grit' as he drinks like a fish while supporting Diabetes. Run for President? Patooey.

1271 days ago
83.

Anony Moose    

PSSSSSSSTTT. Hey Bret. We know you're bald up top. You can stop wearing those ridiculous bandanas and hats to pretend we don't know. Please stop doing the ridiculous Jersey Shore duck face pose in your photos. Thanks.

1271 days ago
84.

jason    

All these postings about how its Bretts fault are stupid. Iam pretty sure the producers did not say " oh bye the way if you miss your mark your head will be removed from your body!" its obvious its there fault he was injured. DUH

1271 days ago
85.

rico    

THAT DOUCH BAG IS ALWAYS WHINNING,HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE SAID HE WAS DYING?

1271 days ago
86.

HoTMZ    

Good for him, had he not survived his family would be suing on his behalf. Retarded for the Tony's not to take responsibility, hopefully they'll learn a lesson and do a better job for others' safety.

1271 days ago
87.

Hey Now    

"All these postings about how its Bretts fault are stupid. Iam pretty sure the producers did not say " oh bye the way if you miss your mark your head will be removed from your body!"

lol

1271 days ago
88.

Hey Now    

"All these postings about how its Bretts fault are stupid. Iam pretty sure the producers did not say " oh by the way if you miss your mark your head will be removed from your body!" "

lol

1271 days ago
89.

Alex    

Well, if he and the rest of his crew actually came to the dress rehearsal with the rest of the talent he would have known exactly where to go. A least Liza and the Donkey from Shrek were there to peel him off the ground.

1271 days ago
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twilightmom    

@Alex
Hey, I saw others saying what you just said. Where did you see where he didn't attend rehearsal that day. Was there an article referencing it? Just wondering, I've seriously never heard that. {o:

1271 days ago
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