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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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91.

tonibelle    

Oh for God's sake, please tell me Charlie Sheen did not bring this back from the 80's

DUH

1120 days ago
92.

tonibelle    

Quoting Jason "DUH"

Oh, for God's sake, please tell me Charlie Sheen did not bring this back from the 80's.

Really awful

1120 days ago
93.

ex lax    

he has been brain dead since he started yelling in mic

1120 days ago
94.

Stacy    

Go away you has been loser! Go see if Miley's mom wants you.

1120 days ago
95.

karen dapello    

Listen, no matter where you work, your employer is OBLIGED to keep his/her employees SAFE. That's what OSHA is all about, and the theater unions will back him on this. There's been alot of injuries lately on Broadway. He's absolutely entitled to compensation, as it should be obvious to anyone that the head injury gave way to all his other recent health problems.

1120 days ago
96.

Heidi    

100% with you Bret!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Being a nice guy & trying to disucss the issue out of the public eye usually doesn't work in these venues...... Bringing on a suit & in public is the only way to get them to settle....... Good for you!!!!!!!

1120 days ago
97.

radicalred    

@102 -- twilightmom -- no, you're wrong. The accident at the Tonys occurred on June 7, 2009. Bret's brain hemorrhage occurred on April 23, 2010. That's almost 11 months in between the two events.

Obviously you don't work in the medical field. The smack Bret took to the FRONT of his head in June of '09 would most certainly not have caused the bleed in his MID brain almost a year later.

But, when you're a washed up, nobody has been who's claim to fame is a sex tape with Pam Anderson and bedding every s.kank on VH1, I guess you'll grasp at anything for a buck.

1120 days ago
98.

Robert    

Brain damage? He should be suing his parents!

1120 days ago
99.

Bob    

Like other people have said if he showed up for rehearsals this would not have happened. He was to busy trying to prove he can do music and concerts without being in poison. Guess what he don't make it on his own. He needs the rest of the band just as much as they need him. Just let CC write everything again and you might gets some play on the radio. Yes CC wrote just about everything on the first album, No matter what the credits say.

1120 days ago
100.

PokerStar    

# 9 Exactly !!

Why did ALL of his other band members know when and where to exit? Because it wasn't 1985.

1120 days ago
101.

CelticOne    

Although I feel for Bret and all he's been through. He has stated repeatedly on several talk shows that one thing had nothing to do with the other.. I see him losing this. Suddenly, he is changing his story.. hmmmmmmmmmmm

1120 days ago
102.

Hey Now    

TMZ has the meanest people on earth! lol But it's fun so I come back and read all the time.

I was looking for more Charlie Sheen news today though. I saw some stuff on twitter that looked interesting. Did TMZ get into a fight with Sheen that they didn't post anything recently? (meaning today)

And I'll take this time to say that Bret is hot and the bandana / hat thing works out. He looks good. Really good. & 47 is not even that old. Look at Steven Tyler turning 63 this weekend and still rockin' it.

1120 days ago
103.

chris     

there's always next year!

1120 days ago
104.

l    

didn't he go to rehearsal?

1120 days ago
105.

Ms Kris    

I agree with him Wish him the best with this

1120 days ago
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