BRET MICHAELS, lead singer of rock group Poison, is involved in a lawsuit with CBS over a scenery malfunction.

Bret Michaels, who was performing at the 2009 Tony Awards when the incident occurred, filed a petition with the Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday (25th March). According to Entertainment Weekly, the singer was exiting the stage, after singing 'Nothin' But a Good Time,' when he was hit by a piece of stage scenery. Michaels was hospitalized following cuts and a broken nose.

Suing for unspecified damages, Michaels claims that it was as a result of negligence that he suffered the injuries, citing in the suit, "Michaels was never told that the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented. 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."

Ever since the incident Michaels has been in poor health, suffering from a subarachnoid haemorrhage on April 21 last year. He told Oprah Winfrey via a video interview in May 2010 that he 'prayed' he would survive the event, adding "That's what you think about, after you suffer such a harrowing ordeal. It gave me this unsinkable strength. It gave me this amazing courage to want to survive."