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Rocker Brett Michaels filed a lawsuit Friday against the Tony Awards, alleging that an injury suffered during his 2009 performance on the show caused a brain hemorrhage months later that nearly killed him.
Michaels was hit by a piece of scenery while exiting the stage after performing at the Tony Awards in June 2009 and sustained a cut lip and broken nose.
In court papers obtained by ET, Michaels states: "As a result of injuries he sustained during the Tony Awards, inter alia, Michaels was forced to cancel multiple concert dates that had already been booked. Then, months later, which is not uncommon when dealing with head traumas, Michaels suffered a near fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage."
"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 asserts, adding: "the injury left Michaels clinging for his life and in excruciating agony."
The rocker's dispute with the Tony Awards -- which has previously denied wrongdoing in the incident -- is that the show's producers did not inform him how to safely exit the stage following his performance.
The lawsuit also states that despite the fact "that they had seriously injured Michaels, spokesmen for the Tony's had the audacity to publicly blame the singer -- claiming that he 'missed his mark.'" Michaels is seeking damages "in an amount to be proven at the time of trial, but in no event less than the jurisdictional minimums of this Court."