Nice save, River!
You weren't using a sledgehammer instead of a violin bow Jimmy Page style or anything like that were ya?
I mean, how could a screw get like that, I wonder? I have a pretty large surplus of those things, gonna check thru it and see if any of mine are deformed like that.
Very strange; this is exactly the sorta thing that Gibson QC is infamous for, but I've never seen or heard of this particular problem; although, I'm willing to bet it usually gets solved with a fresh bridge and zero diagnosis.