An attorney for Bret Michaels has confirmed that the rocker has settled a lawsuit against organizers of the Tony Awards and CBS over 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.
Yahoo! News reports 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.
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."
Michaels sought damages for – what he believes – was a lack of information and specific direction from producers, which led directly to the accident; financial relief for missed public engagements following the event due his injuries; and, that organizers misled Michaels into ‘harm’s way’ by failing to provide proper directions regarding his exit from the stage.
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.
In his suit, Bret claimed, "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."
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.
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