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Originally posted 03/26/2011 11:20AM
The June 2009 Tony Awards scenery mishap that resulted in a head injury to Bret Michaels has now erupted into a lawsuit that the musician filed Friday in Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Michaels's attorney, Alex Weingarten, issued the following press statement, reports EW.com: "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."
In the suit against CBS and the Tony Awards for unspecified damages, Michaels – who ever since the incident has suffered precarious health – claims that despite his asking producers for instructions on where to stand on the Radio City Music Hall stage during his performance, he was only told to "simply exit the stage from the rear."
Originally posted 03/13/2011 06:10PM
After all the battles Bret Michaels has fought over the past 12 months, he still ranks winning Celebrity Apprentice as "one the toughest things I've ever done emotionally and physically, because they drain you down to find who the winner is." So now he has some expert advice for the show's remaining hopefuls.
"You got to work hard, delegate and be able to perform on a fume," says Michaels, who turns 48 March 15. "Because you don't eat a whole lot and you don't sleep a whole lot, and that's the truth."
He adds: "Listen to what Donald Trump and the task assigners are asking you to do. And you better be good at rallying your team, even when they don't like you or believe in you. Eventually, you're going to be facing the same people you worked with."
Originally posted 02/17/2011 03:25PM
Bret Michaels is recovering so well from surgery in January to repair a hole in his heart that he's ready to perform again next month.
"I am pumped to get back on the road and start rocking out on stage for all my awesome fans,” Michaels, 47, says.
He's gearing up to headline the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series sponsored by the Competitor Group, with a four-city tour that kicks off in Dallas and benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure (to breast cancer) on March 27.
Originally posted 01/31/2011 09:35PM
While recovering from heart surgery, Bret Michaels suffered a massive drop in blood pressure, but his doctor found the cause and the singer is doing better again.
"Bret suffered no setbacks and is fine. It's always good for patients to be evaluated when they're not feeling well," says Dr. Mansour Assar, an interventional cardiologist.
The rocker, 47, is recuperating at home in Arizona after undergoing surgery Jan. 24 to repair a hole in his heart. The hole was discovered when he suffered a mini-stroke last May.
Originally posted 01/26/2011 04:15PM
Bret Michaels has bounced back once again.
Two days after undergoing a successful operation to repair a hole in his heart, the rocker has been released from the hospital.
Michaels headed home, where he's surrounded by loved ones as he heals, including his new fiancée Kristi Gibson.
"Bret is recuperating at home with his family," a source tells PEOPLE. "He is looking forward to enjoying time with Kristi and his daughters as well as getting back on the road."
Originally posted 01/25/2011 07:30AM
Bret Michaels had surgery on Monday to repair a hole in his heart – an operation that had been planned for some time and went well.
"Bret Michaels underwent a successful heart procedure today at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix," the hospital said in a statement. "Michaels is currently recuperating at St. Joseph's where he remains for observation in ICU."
The hole in his heart was discovered last May, after Michaels, 47, suffered a mini-stroke.
Originally posted 12/21/2010 03:30PM
Yep, he did it.
"They swore I was the guy who would never," Bret Michaels, who asked his on-off girlfriend of 16 years Kristi Gibson to be his wife on the Monday night finale of his VH1 reality show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, tells PEOPLE. "And it feels awesome."
The rocker had been thinking about proposing but couldn't seem to find the right moment. It seemed like everyone was geared up for it to happen at the anniversary dinner the night before at Mastro's, but Michaels, 47, felt like there were too many waiters and other patrons milling around.
"I wasn't ready there because I felt really strange," he says. "It would've been like, I'm in the middle of proposing and oh, by the way, there's a Cobb salad coming."
Originally posted 12/21/2010 05:30AM
It's no longer only a tease: Bret Michaels asked his on-off girlfriend of 16 years, Kristi Gibson, to marry him on Monday night's finale of his VH1 reality show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It – and she said yes!
The first thing they did afterwards? Tell their daughters, Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, the great news.
The rock star told them, "I did it! We'll all be together forever! Family hug!"
Originally posted 12/20/2010 03:15PM
The question has been looming all season on VH1's Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It: Is the rock star ready to take the next step with Kristi Gibson, his on-off girlfriend of 16 years?
If a teaser for Monday's finale is any indication, that decision won't be without conflict: In the clip, Gibson is shown handing him what Michaels calls her "friendship with mega benefits" ring he gave her a couple years ago, saying, "I told you before that this means nothing."
Later in the clip, the rocker says, "There's something I want to ask you." But, whatever happens, Michaels tells PEOPLE the way it unfolds is very realistic.
Originally posted 12/15/2010 08:00AM
For Sandra Bullock, 2010 was the year that changed everything: She became a mother to son Louis, ended her five-year marriage to Jesse James and reached new career heights with her emotional Oscar win for The Blind Side.
It's only fitting, then, that the superstar, 46, scored the top spot as Woman of the Year in PEOPLE's new Year-End issue. Of the actress's life-altering 2010, says a source, "Bad things happen, but she celebrates the good ones. And Louis is a wonderful celebration of good things."
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