BRET MICHAELS Injury Photos Released

Photos of Bret Michaels' nose fracture and busted lip, which he suffered after getting hit in the head by a set piece during Sunday's (June 7) Tony Awards, can be viewed below. The POISON singer and reality TV star's publicist Joann Mignano said that Michaels received three stitches in his lip and had a CAT scan on Monday (June 8) as a precautionary measure. "His neck was hurt in an accident years ago, so he's being cautious," she told People magazine. "He said he wanted to make sure this was all looked at and taken care of, and I said it was the right thing to do."

Michael' rep also said reports that the accident was caused by Michaels missing his mark are inaccurate. "He did exactly what they asked him to do in rehearsal, where everything went fine. And when the sign came down [at the show], it smacked him on the head."

Michaels, who is currently on a solo tour, has postponed show scheduled for tonight in Myrtle Beach to Thursday, August 6. Bret Michaels solo tour dates will resume June 12 in Gadsden Alabama and will continue throughout the summer.

Michaels and POISON performed during the show's opening number. Michaels' injury occurred as he was leaving the stage and smacked into a piece of scenery.

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In a lengthy statement released late Tuesday, Michaels' representatives blasted the Tonys for dismissing the incident, and put the blame for Bret's injuries squarely on a "lack of communication" between the "Rock of Love" star and "the producers, directors, stage managers and crew" of the awards show.

"I find it surprising that a Tony spokesperson would brush off this incident with a comment stating 'Mr. Michaels missed his mark' with no mention of concern for his condition," spokesperson Janna Elias says in the statement. "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.

"Bret has performed live, with POISON or solo, for over 20 years and on a daily basis is around pyro, lasers and a moving light show. He understands that there is always an element of risk in any live performance, but Bret entrusts his safety to the crew, whose job it is to make sure the show goes off without a hitch," the statement continues. "However, 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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