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Judge Moves Bret Michaels’ Suit Against CBS to NY

July 06, 2011 03:31 PM by Shayla Perry

A U.S. District Court Judge in Los Angeles has ruled that VH-1‘s Rock of Love star and Poison frontman Bret Michaels and his attorneys must make their arguments against CBS and the organizers of the Tony Awards in New York. Michaels is suing both parties after suffering an on-stage injury that he claims nearly cost him his life back in June of 2009. But why the change in venue?

Consider it a small victory for CBS and the organizers of the 2009 Tony Awards. After hearing arguments from both sides of the suit, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee has ruled that the case against the network should be heard in Manhattan, agreeing that it makes more sense, considering the fact that almost all of people that witnessed the horrific accident at the center of the lawsuit live in New York.

Bret Michaels and his attorneys filed the lawsuit in late March of 2011, claiming:

“The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret’s head, and then instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings… Bret never wanted to file a lawsuit, but the Tony Awards have left us with no choice. They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do.”

The suit also alleges that “Michaels was never told that the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented. Quite the opposite, Michaels specifically asked for instructions regarding how to exit after his performance and was just told to walk off the rear of the stage — in what was ultimately the danger zone.”

Though the rocker’s direct injuries consisted of a fractured nose and a cut in his lip that required three stitches, he and his lawyers say that the accident was in part responsible for his subarachnoid hemmorhage.

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