Bret Michaels Lodges $50m Lawsuit Against Tony Awards
Poison frontman Bret Michaels is alleging the producers of the 2009 Tony Awards intentionally broadcast a stage mishap that nearly killed him because they wanted to boost TV ratings.
Michaels – who suffered a broken nose, cut lip and serious head injuries after getting whacked on the head by a chunk of descending scenery – yesterday filed papers charging the Tony Awards producers “could have prevented the footage from airing… via the standard seven-second broadcast delay.”
The filing added: “The defendants took no such measures – presumably because the incident would lead to greater publicity and ratings for the show.”
Michaels – who says he also suffered “humiliation when video of the incident immediately spread across the Internet” – is suing for up to $50 million.
This is Michaels’ second lawsuit against the Tony Awards producers.
Last year he sought unspecified damages claiming show bosses were ultimately responsible for the brain hemorrhage and mild stroke he suffered after the incident.
Remind yourself of exactly what happened by watching the video below. And award yourself a no-prize if you can resist shouting: “Duck!”