Bret Michaels Settles 2009 Tony Awards Accident Lawsuit
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The singer/guitarist sustained a head injury, which he believed had long-standing consequences, while performing at the 2009 awards ceremony. Michaels filed suit against both the Tony Awards and CBS, which aired the event, last March and has finally settled for an undisclosed sum.
Michaels, 49, was hit in the head by a descending set piece after he and Poison performed their smash hit "Nothin' But a Good Time." We know, the idea of Poison performing at the event which celebrates achievement for live Broadway theater and performers might seem odd, but the band dueted with the cast of the smash musical Rock of Ages, which features lots and lots of classics '80s hits.
The lawsuit intimated that the head injury may have been responsible for the subarachnoid hemorrhage Michaels suffered in 2010, where he almost died. The suit alleged the following: "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."
Michaels also claimed that the show's producers did not warn him about the descending scenery, which dropped to the stage, albeit in slow fashion, while Michaels was leaving the stage, post-performance. The set piece and Michaels collided. You can watch the video below, which looks incredibly painful and like it could have been a lot worse.
In February of this year, the Tonys filed suit against Rock of Ages Broadway, LLC, which was seen as a move to avoid responsibility for Michaels' injury and to lay blame at someone else's doorstep. His lawyer said, at the time, that "the producers of the Tony Awards and their co-defendants cannot credibly deny that they almost killed Bret while he was performing with the cast of Rock of Ages, so instead they are trying to point the finger elsewhere."
According to the Wrap, the settlement was "amicable."