Back in 2009, Poison singer Bret Michaels was hit in the head by a set piece at the Tony Awards after trying to leave the stage. In March of 2011, he announced that he would be suing the Tony Awards and CBS for unspecified damages over the accident.
He received lip and nose injuries, as well as possibly causing the brain hemorrhage that he suffered. Bret claimed in the lawsuit that he had no instruction as to how to safely exit the stage. When he did, he was struck down by the set piece that descended from above. Six months after the show aired, Bret suffered a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage, of which almost cost him his life.
Bret’s attorney revealed, “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. Through his sheer will to live, to see his children grow up, he was able to survive this trauma.”
Today we have learned that Bret has settled the case. The “L.A. Times” reports:
An agreement came last week after mediation. The confidential settlement also covers CBS Broadcasting, which aired the show.
The suit, filed in March 2011 in Los Angeles Superior Court, said producers never informed Michaels of the scenery or potential hazards. “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,” according to the legal papers.
Michaels’ lawyer Alex Weingarten issued a statement saying that “Mr. Michaels would like to thank his fans for their continued support.”
We’re glad that the incident is far behind him and that he has recovered nicely. Congratulations to him on his settlement.