Bret Michaels settles case over 2009 Tonys mishap
FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, Rock and Roll artist Brett Michaels warms up before an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. Michaels’ attorney announced Monday May 14, 2012 that the rocker had reached a confidential settlement in his lawsuit against the Tony Awards that claimed a set mishap nearly cost him his life in 2009. He was hit in the head by a set piece during the awards show and for months contended with brain bleeding and other effects of the injury. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Bret Michaels and organizers of the Tony Awards have settled a lawsuit filed by the rocker after a 2009 incident in which he was hit in the head with a set piece and suffered injuries that he claimed contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him.
The confidential settlement also covers Michaels' claims against CBS Broadcasting, which aired the show and the mishap. The Poison frontman blamed the network for airing the moment, which became which a viral video watched by tens of millions of people online, and claimed Tony Awards producers never warned him there would be a set change after he and his band performed "Nothin' But a Good Time."
The whack initially left Michaels with a busted lip and broken nose but also caused brain bleeding, the lawsuit claimed. He was hospitalized in April 2010, and doctors found he had a brain hemorrhage and he later suffered a warning stroke, which the musician says nearly killed him.
Michaels' attorney Alex Weingarten said details of the settlement would not be released. "Mr. Michaels would like to thank his fans for their continued support," he wrote in a statement.
Michaels sued in March 2011 in Los Angeles, but a judge later moved the case to New York City. The agreement came after a mediation session was held on Friday.
Representatives for CBS and the Tonys released a joint statement saying that "an amicable resolution" had been reached but no further details would be released.
The musician and reality television star did not state how much compensation he was seeking when he sued but said the injury hurt his ability to perform at later shows.
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