Back in 2009, the Broadway gods unleashed their wrath on Bret Michaels for daring to perform at the Tony Awards. At the end of Poison’s ’80s-era hit “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” a piece of scenery clocked him as he turned his back from the audience.
Six months later, Michaels was rushed to the hospital with a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage and a 50/50 chance of making a full recovery. He did recover, despite some minor setbacks, and — against doctors’ orders — even appeared on the 2010 finales of both “Celebrity Apprentice” (which he won) and “American Idol.”
Now, Michaels is claiming that Tony Awards blooper led to his hemorrhage, according to TMZ. In the suit against Tony Award Productions and CBS, Michaels and his legal counsel write, “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.”
The rocker blames producers for not instructing him how to safely exit the stage, but — his suit says — producers have “failed and refused” to remedy the situation and even blamed him for the accident, saying he “missed his mark.”
Not named in the suit: host Neil Patrick Harris, who ad-libbed that Michaels “gave headbanging a whole new meaning” immediately following the head bonk.