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Bret Michaels expected nothin' but a good time when he made a guest appearance at the 2009 Tony Awards. Instead, the Poison frontman was struck on the head by a piece of scenery -- and over one year later, he's suing for damages, according to Entertainment Weekly. On Friday, rocker Michaels filed a lawsuit against CBS and the Tonys, seeking compensation for injuries he suffered as a result of the accident. The injury occurred on live television, while Michaels was exiting the stage after performing "Nothin' but a Good Time" with the Rock of Ages cast. (Watch the video footage below.)
"Michaels was never told that the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented," states the lawsuit. "Quite the opposite, Michaels specifically asked for instructions regarding how to exit after his performance and was just told to walk off the rear of the stage -- in what was ultimately the danger zone."
After the Tony Awards, Michaels was hospitalized with a broken nose and a split lip, but told the press that he was otherwise unharmed. So why the belated lawsuit? Bret now believes that the accident was a causal factor in his 2010 brain hemorrhage -- you know, the one that almost killed him.
"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," says the suit.
The musician is also taking issue with the way the Tony Awards producers handled the accident in the press -- namely, blaming Michaels by saying he "missed his mark."
"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," Michaels' lawyer said in a press statement. "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."
Last week, Bret Michaels took credit for teaching Charlie Sheen how to trash hotel rooms.