Bret Michaels is suing the Tony Awards and CBS for the incident that happened during the 2009 ceremony, when he was hit in the head by a set piece that was being lowered from the ceiling. Bret was hospitalized for a broken nose and a cut lip, but that’s not why he’s suing. In the lawsuit, Bret alleges that the accident played a significant role in the near-fatal brain hemorrhage he suffered last year, 10 months after the Tonys.
Michaels’s attorney, Alex Weingarten, issued the following press statement, reports EW.com: “The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret’s head, and then instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings … Bret never wanted to file a lawsuit, but the Tony Awards have left us with no choice. They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do.”
The suit alleges that one of the most common causes of this type of hemorrhage is head trauma, “exactly like the one Bret suffered at the hands of the Tony Awards.” For his part, Bret says he was not instructed on how to safely leave the stage, and wasn’t even aware that anything would be coming down from the ceiling. The producers have said Bret, quote, “missed his mark.”
He’s suing for negligence, civil battery, negligent misrepresentation and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage. There’s no word how much he’s asking for. No one from the Tonys or CBS has commented yet. I gotta admit, I feel bad that he was injured, but why’d he wait so long to take action?
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