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Bret Michaels Settles Tony Awards Stage Accident Lawsuit

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Bret Michaels has settled his lawsuit against CBS Broadcasting, which stemmed from an incident where a set piece dropped on the Poison frontman at the 2009 Tony Awards.

Footage of Bret Michaels nearly getting decapitated by a closing piece of the set was everywhere a couple of years ago. Despite the fact that the clip went viral faster than some of the ‘Rock of Love Bus’ contestants, Michaels was not amused by the poorly timed maneuver. In fact, he claims that the blow to the head contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him a year later.

Michaels filed suit against CBS Broadcasting, claiming that the producers of the Tony’s never informed him there would be a set change after Poison — ironically — performed ‘Nothing but a Good Time.’ The lawsuit — claiming the incident left Michaels with a broken nose, busted lip and brain bleeding — was settled between the two parties during a New York City mediation on May 11. While the amount of the settlement wasn’t disclosed, Bret’s attorney wrote, “Mr. Michaels would like to thank his fans for their continued support.”

CBS and the Tony’s said in a joint statement that they had reached “an amicable resolution” in the lawsuit that was initially filed back in March 2011. Both involved parties are going to keep the final number attached to the suit under wraps, but we’re guessing it’s a pretty sizable amount. Michaels claims that the mishap at the Tony’s affected his ability to perform, which was a major source of income for the rocker.

Poison were performing with the cast of the broadway musical ‘Rock of Ages’ at the awards show — the musical gets the big screen treatment this summer and will feature Tom Cruise, Russel Brand, Alec Baldwin and others performing the Poison songs ‘Nothin’ but a Good Time’ and ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn.’

Stage Accident at the 2009 Tony Awards

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