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So Bret Michaels Is Suing Tony Producers for $50 Million

I guess I gave away the story in the headline, didn't I? Bret just filed a $50 million lawsuit against award bosses and CBS network executives for neglecting to censor an accident during the 2009 Tony awards when a piece of staging bonked him on the head. Bret says the incident caused him "pain and humiliation."

Basically, it comes down to the seven second delay... and Bret thinks that the producers and executives in charge could have bleeped the accident from the live broadcast, but didn't block it for personal (ratings) gains.

Here's an excerpt from the court filing:

“(CBS officials) could have prevented the footage… from airing via the standard seven-second broadcast delay. The defendants took no such measures – presumably because the incident could lead to greater publicity and ratings for the show.”

The bolding is mine.

You might remember that Bret tried to sue the Tony Awards once before. Last year he lawyered up, arguing that the Tony Awards accident (and thus the people in charge of the show) were responsible for the 2010 brain hemorrhage he sustained several months after the show. Who knows where this one will go... but one thing is for sure, Bret isn't giving up his grudge against the Tony Awards anytime soon.

What do you think about this?

Reader Comments (10)

Obviously he thinks rock of love didn't not give him any pain or humiliation. haha I don't think he'll win, if he didnt before it wont change.
February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
with every breath he takes, and every move he makes, I loathe Bret Michaels more and more. Screw him and the lawyer who brought this litigation!
February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Once a pathetic A$$clown, Always a pathetic A$$clown.

And to think, people once though of CC as the band's screw up. Brett has taken attention-whoring to a whole new low.

Maybe if he didn't have that Ed Hardy d*Bag cowboy hat on so low & tight to hold his wig on, he might have been on his mark & not gotten hit by the scenery.
February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
I sincerely wish Bret Michaels would go away.....
February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Seriously, you boyz nailed it.

Ace, killarious comment regarding the cheeze factor of his hat. That Ed Hardy crap is sooo "White Trash With A Black Card" to begin with, let alone the facts you point out about Michaels' hat wearing habits as what caused the whole thing.

Kenny, you've been right about this jerk all along. He really has appealing to the lowest common denominator down pat. I was holding out hope that the whole "life threatening emergency" episode would snap him out of it.

But now you gotta wonder if his whole near death experience was all staged for profit with lawsuits and publicity.

Why didn't they just go out and play the first album on their big anniversary this past summer and then go write an album of that caliber. He really goes with a dumbed down approach to everything he duz.

I'm now confirming what you guyz knew all along: Bret Michaels is a complete and total idiot! He's nuts if he thinks he'll win. I wonder if The Tonys will have the gastrointestinal fortitude to refuse settlement and be willing to go to court as I think they would win.

He's got nothin'. It is comedic to think about the Tonys, a fairly classy pseudo uppercrust New York operation and what they might be saying behind the scenes regarding the whole sordid affair while having to deal with this cheap faux White Trash imbecile! You can bet they've got shrewder lawyers than he.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I love bret, i love poison, but this is for attention i think. his music lives on, but stop trying to just get attention frm anything.
February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDevin
The odd thing is, more people will watch this again now, because he did this. So, if he wants it to go away, this is not how to do it.
February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
You all just about nailed it on this sad rodeo clown of a second (or third) career that Brett's got going.

But, and this goes back to my previous post regarding the José Eber of Glam, there is no such thing as bad publicity. And when your music is the soundtrack of menopause (no offense to anyone in making a demographic point), you have to find other avenues--television, etc.--by which to propagate the brand. A lawsuit keeps you in the public eye when the public that made you famous no longer cares.

You made me laugh with the Hardy comment Metalboy! About as authentic as an Affliction shirt.
February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Hahaha!!!, Him! "The Jose Eber of Glam"! Classic!
February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
This is a truly hilarious, entertaining and insightful dialogue. Keep up the good work, kids!
February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher Long

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