Bret Michaels Settles Suit with Tony Awards

Bret Michaels Settles Tony Lawsuit (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Poison front man Bret Michaels has settled his lawsuit against the Tony Awards over injuries he sustained during the show in 2009.

The suit was settled earlier this month in confidential mediation. Michaels had been suing for unspecified damages and had named the Tonys and CBS as defendants, since the network broadcasts the awards show.

Michaels was performing with his band Poison and the cast of the musical

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“Rock of Ages” when he was hit by a prop descending from the rigging above the stage.

A video of the incident shows Michaels being knocked to the ground by the impact. He suffered a head injury and a broken nose in the incident.

His lawsuit claimed that he left the stage to the rear as instructed but was still hit in the head by the scenery. He says that the head injury contributed to a brain hemorrhage he suffered months after the accident.

A spokesperson for the Tony awards initially blamed Michaels for the incident, saying he “missed his mark.”

“Michaels was never told that the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented,” said the lawsuit.

Source: the Los Angeles Times