Bret Michaels Suing The Tony Awards For $50 Million

Bret Michaels Suing The Tony Awards For $50 Million

February 21, 2012

Rocker Bret Michaels claims the producers of the 2009 Tony Awards intentionally broadcast a stage mishap that nearly killed him in a bid to boost the show’s ratings.

According to the New York Post, Michaels — who suffered a brain hemorrhage after getting creamed by a piece of moving scenery — yesterday filed papers charging CBS “could have prevented the footage from airing… via the standard seven-second broadcast delay.”

But “the defendants took no such measures — presumably because the incident would lead to greater publicity and ratings for the show,” the Manhattan federal court filing says.

The Poison front man — who is suing for up to $50 million — says that beside his injuries, he suffered “humiliation when video of the incident immediately spread across the Internet.”

Defense lawyers didn’t return requests for comment.

Bret Michaels’ upcoming solo album, Get Your Rock On, will include a few friends. “Loretta Lynn and I are gonna redo ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’ together,” he tells Rolling Stone. “And, for me, growing up in a family that my father loved country music and Coal Miner’s Daughter, this is gonna be a really awesome time.”

Among the other guests on the album are Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and Jimmy Buffett. “The song ‘Get Your Rock On’ has Phil Collen from Def Leppard playing guitar with me and it also has Sal Costa from My Darkest Days, really, really good guitar player and good friend,” he says. “Jimmy Buffet and I did a live version of ‘Margaritaville’ together.”

Michaels says the two duets, with Lynn and Buffett, will be “two bonus tracks.” And of the rest of the record he says, “It is just straight up in your face rock & roll.”

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