Michaels Sues Over Postponed Gig

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August 19, 2010 | 7:35am EST

Bret Michaels is taking legal action against a gig promoter over allegations the rocker turned up to perform in New York only to be told the concert had been cancelled without his knowledge.

The Poison star claims he arrived at the CNY Regional Market venue in Syracuse, New York on 5 August with his crew but was left fuming when he found out the gig had been postponed.

The concert promoter, Mike Banks, allegedly claimed he axed the show because he found out Michaels was due to appear on American Idol that night, but the rocker’s TV appearance was in fact pre-recorded.

Michaels has now filed a lawsuit against Banks and Aloha Events, accusing the promoter of “breaching his contract and exposing him to public contempt and ridicule with allegedly defamatory statements about his schedule”.

The lawsuit is seeking more than $5 million in damages, according to Syracuse.com.