Rocker Bret Michaels is suing CBS and the producers of the Tony Awards over the head injury he sustained performing at the event.
The suit, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges the network and Tony organizers were negligent by not properly instructing him how to exit the stage. At the end of his musical performance, he was struck in the face by a section of the stage descending ovehread.
Michaels suffered a subaracnhoid hemorrhage as a result of the impact, according to the suit, which suggests he could have been killed.
“The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret’s head, and then instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings,” said Michaels’ attorney Alex Weingarten. “Bret never wanted to file a lawsuit, but the Tony Awards have left us with no choice. They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do.”
The suit also alleges that CBS exploited footage of the collision to drum up publicity for the award show when the network could have just as easily employed the seven-second broadcast delay.
CBS declined comment.