Rocker BRET MICHAELS' lawsuit against the producers of the 2009 Tony Awards has been moved from Los Angeles to New York as he continues his battle to receive damages for an onstage accident.
The Poison frontman was performing at the prizegiving in the Big Apple when a stage prop fell and hit him in the face, leaving him with a broken nose and a cut lip.
Six months after the show, Michaels was back in hospital with a brain haemorrhage and a mild stroke - and the singer is convinced the two incidents are related.
He lodged legal papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court in March (11), claiming bosses at Tony Award Productions and TV network CBS are responsible for his health crisis.
Michaels' attorneys argued the case should be heard on the west coast of America, where the rocker, as well as several witnesses, live.
But on Tuesday (05Jul11), U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled the case should be heard in New York, where the incident in question took place. She also stated that much of the potential evidence and many of the witnesses are also based in the east coast city.
Michaels is suing for unspecified damages.