Bret Michaels Sues Tonys Over 2009 Onstage Injury

Lawsuit cites the incident as cause of Poison frontman's near-fatal brain hemorrhage last year.

Bret Michaels is suing Tony Award Productions and CBS for his stage mishap at the 2009 Tony Awards, where the rock singer slammed his head against a stage prop that descended from the ceiling.

TMZ reports that the lawsuit, which was filed Friday (March 25), has Michaels alleging that he was not properly instructed on how to exit the stage following his "Nothin' But a Good Time" performance alongside his Poison bandmates and the cast of the "Rock of Ages" musical. He claims he had to be hospitalized for a broken nose and a cut lip.

However, things took a turn for the worse six months later when the rock star nearly died from a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage. And in the lawsuit, Michaels, who is suing for unspecified damages, claims that the onstage injury is in direct relation with his near-fatal hospitalization.

"One of the most common causes of this type of hemorrhage is head trauma — exactly like the one Michaels suffered at the hands of the Tony Awards," the lawsuit claims. "Through his sheer will to live, to see his children grow up, [he] was able to survive this trauma."

Bret says in the suit that producers have "failed and refused" to help aid the situation and claimed that he "missed his mark" during the performance.

Reps for Michaels have previously alleged the awards show's negligence in the incident. In a statement to MTV News days after the mishap, the singer's reps cited a "lack of communication" between their client and "the producers, directors, stage managers and crew" of the awards show.