Bret Michaels broke nose, got stitches, from Tony Awards mishap

Bret Michaels' quickly infamous accident at last night's Tony Awards left the rocker with a broken nose and needing three stitches for a cut lip, reports the Associated Press. Michaels' rep Joann Mignano told the AP that the Poison front man, who was struck in the head by a set piece during the Tony Awards' opening number, is scheduled for a precautionary CAT scan because of a previous neck injury. Mignano also noted that Michaels was upbeat after his Tonys injury and said he did not "miss his mark," as had been previously reported. The musician is set to join Def Leppard and Cheap Trick on a tour with Poison later this month.

UPDATE: Michaels' reps released a statement criticizing the Tonys for the way the incident was handled: "If everyone at the Tonys [was] aware that Bret missed his mark, then they should have been aware enough to stop the set piece from hitting him or at least slowed it down until he cleared the stage. I feel had this incident happened to Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton or Elton John, the Tonys would have at least issued a letter of concern….In this situation Bret was not on his stage but was at the mercy of the Tonys. He was performing on the Tonys stage and had the reasonable expectation that that safety of the artist was a priority, and at no time did he do anything over-the-top or outlandish that would have put himself or others in a dangerous situation." 

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  • angeljake

    We were watching and saw it and knew that it looked pretty bad…heres to a speedy recovery Brett!

  • Megan

    I feel bad, because when I saw this happen live, I didn’t think it was any kind of serious injury, but that it was pretty funny to watch. I hope he gets well soon though – because an injury like that is no fun :-(

  • Nate

    It was funny and yeah, didn’t seem like it had been that serious so I hope he gets well, though he needs to be a man and admit that he missed his mark; you can clearly see it in the video. Everyone else rushed to get out of the way of the prop but he hesitated, waving at the crowd multiple times (perhaps the excitement of being at the tonys) and that’s why he didn’t get out of the way in time.

  • laura

    Bret probably was just looking for some groupies to take backstage and forgot to climb back to the stage. If he looked up, he would have seen the curtain, it looked quite dangerous if it fell on him.

  • Rock of Love Sluttt

    I don’t wish bad on anyone, but this was hilarious. He is a tool. Why would Def Leppard let him on their tour? How did his wig stay on? Superglue?

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  • M.J.

    It’s actually Poison’s tour, Def Leppard is opening up for them. I know Bret & you will never meet a more sincere & generous man than him…Glad he’s ok.

  • mojo

    The tony’s stage people really screwed up.anyone in the business will tell you that this incident was the fault of the stage and prop hands not the performers.

  • joemama

    maybe it knocked some sense into- love his music- hate his show- cheesy

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