Bret Michaels Settles Lawsuit With Tony Awards Organizers, CBS
Almost three years after being knocked to the ground while performing at the Tony Awards, Bret Michaels has settled a lawsuit with the show’s organizers and the network. While the terms were not made public, Michael’s attorney indicated the singer was pleased that the affair was over.
“Mr. Michaels would like to thank his fans for their continued support,” attorney Alex Weingarten said, according to Blabbermouth. Watch a video of the incident in question below. Michaels says that fall caused a broken nose, three stitches to his lip and eventually led to the near-fatal brain hemorrhage he suffered in 2010.
“Through his sheer will to live, to see his children grow up, [he] was able to survive this trauma,” the lawsuit states.
Initially Michaels didn’t seem motivated to sue, telling People that he felt the performance — which was part of a ‘Rock of Ages’ production — was an honor for him and Poison. When the song ends, his bandmates hop back on stage, while Michaels lingers a little too long in front of the stage and gets clobbered by a piece of set coming from the rafters. From there it’s a matter of he said, she said. Michaels says he wasn’t given proper instructions, organizers say he missed his mark.
To his credit, Michaels was only looking for attorney fees, compensatory, incidental, special and consequential damages for the incident. Reuters points out that he didn’t ask for punitive damages, which is where the big money could have been made.