UPDATE (July 6, 2011): Michaels' lawsuit, originally filed in L.A., was transferred to New York after a federal judge ruled that it made more sense for a Manhattan judge to hear the case, considering the incident in question occurred in NYC.
Bret Michaels' accident has come back to haunt the Tony Awards.
After the rocker performed at the June 2009 ceremony honoring Broadway's best, a piece of the set that was being lowered onto the stage smacked Michaels in the face, knocking him down and leaving him with a cut lip and broken nose.
But months later, Michaels added in a lawsuit filed Friday against the show's producers and CBS, he suffered a "near fatal" subarachnoid hemorrhage, "which is not uncommon when dealing with head traumas."
And Michaels wants them to pay.
Claiming negligence, civil battery, negligent misrepresentation and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, Michaels alleges that shoddy stage managment at the Tony Awards caused his accident—and that the producers embarrassed him by not only failing to edit the accident out of the broadcast, but also by publicly suggesting that it was Michaels who had "missed his mark."
"Quite the opposite," the suit states, "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."
"Michaels was never told that the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented," the complaint says.
Michaels suffered a brain hemorrhage in April 2010, 10 months after he banged his head at the Tonys and his condition was considered critical for some time. At the time, expert opinions varied on whether the earlier accident could have had anything to do with his health scare.
A month after he was hospitalized, Michaels was flush enough to win his season of Celebrity Apprentice and perform on the season finale of American Idol.
"Through his sheer will to live, to see his children grow up, Michaels was able to survive this trauma" and "resume some semblance of his life and career," the suit claims.
He's seeking unspecified damages from CBS Entertainment, Tony Awards Productions, White Cherry Entertainment and several individual producers.
Just as every rose has its thorn, it seems that every accident has its lawsuit.