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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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106.

robbed    

what a loser. he is normally on drugs so the Tonys should use that. but its right there on page one of the constitution, when in doubt, sue somebody!

1216 days ago
107.

seriously?    

What AN IDIOT. After so many years of performing, you should know how to walk. Should have died, your will to live and be a bad influence on your children, how wonderful? The can see how you treat women and then you will wonder why they end up so F*C*ed up on drugs and prostitution because of your idiot moves in life.

1216 days ago
108.

richard pierce    

what a loser a s s hole. He's what is wrong with this country today - nobody want to take personal responsibility for their own moronic actions. Have a bad day, sue someone, screw up your life, sue someone. This idiot is simply an over the hill opportunist looking for deep pockets - toss his no-talent ass under the bus and move on! Send his worthless a s s over to Charlie Sheen's house and let them blow meth until their teeth rot out! Would that I could tell this loser this in person!

1216 days ago
109.

Wishes    

Bret is a bald old man!! He must need the money.

1216 days ago
110.

Stewart    

Oh please! This guy is such a famewhore he was out grabbing up all the attention instead of being on his mark and running back stage when he was supposed to. He should not get a nickle.

1216 days ago
111.

mitchell    

What a drama queen .... F****** idiot!

1216 days ago
112.

frankies mom    

Really?? Good luck buddy.

1216 days ago
113.

annabelle k    

how about "watch where you're walking...you old geezer" or "how about taking those lameass sunglasses off for once, then you might actually see that biga$$ prop sittin right in front of yo a$$"

1216 days ago
114.

steve    

Typical yank, suing for money. Dumb bald talentless 80's relic, don't you realise that hemorrhage gave you another 15 minutes that you didn't deserve?!! It briefly made you partially relevant again, giving you the opportunity for a moment of retard glory on that crap Trump show and a moment of phony mojo so you could screw mileys mum.
Fvck off and die you desperate-for-attention bald old syphilis-ridden 80's joke.

1216 days ago
115.

bahhh    

For those calling him an idiot and saying he should know how to walk, how would YOU like to have a stage pop down on you from the ceiling as you turned around to walk back stage!!?? clearly somoene messed up there-and it wasn't Bret. BUT...I just am thinking he might've waited too long to file...? I was always surprised he did not file the lawsuit right away..the longer you wait, the harder it is...GL, Bret!!! Somoene definitely messed up there, and it is not Bret's fault a stage fell from the sky basically!-- those commenting that he 'should know how or where to walk' are the idiots!! GO BRET!!!!! xox

1216 days ago
116.

kevin    

I remember an interview right after that incident that Bret said that in the excitement he spent to much time reacting to the audiance and he didnt go to his mark while the set was changing therefor I think it was his fault he went thru rehersals he has been trying to milk this every since it happened

1216 days ago
117.

livereater    

bret, it was your diabetes that caused your brain hemorrhage.

tish cyrus feels sorry for u.

bret, u are so yesterday.

1216 days ago
118.

DIMO    

This creep is nothing more than a has-been OLD FART that so desperately wants to be famous, remember his show with all the std'ers that wanted to be his girl? Hey Bret, "You grew it, you chew it!"
It's really hard to un-ring the bell when you have become known as a nobody wannna be.

1216 days ago
119.

RabbleRouser    

Uhmmmm. And the 'rock star' life style you led had nothing to do with it?

1216 days ago
120.

dj    

Simple. It was an accident. Who's fault, 50% stage manager for not making sure he stood in the right spot and 50% Bret for not finding out where to go. Responsibility is a two way street. The answer is drop the suit, don't make lawyers richer and don't tie up the courts for an accident. If Bret wins the suit the Tony's should counter sue him for not looking where he was going and get their money back.

1216 days ago
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