Brooke Shields Wields a Cane at the Met Costume Institute Gala

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Brooke Shields was spotted at the Met Costume Institute Gala last night wearing a long, elegant gown and sporting a sleek black cane. However, do not be alarmed -- the actress hasn't contracted a hideous disease, nor is she paying some sort of obscure homage to Michael McCary from Boyz II Men. Though, to be perfectly honest, the latter would have been kind of cool.

Shields damaged the meniscus in her knee during her turn as Morticia Addams in the Broadway production of "The Addams Family". To help ease the pain, Shields employed the use of a cane, as well as a handy pair of flip flops. The "Suddenly Susan" star was only supposed to portray the character through last October. However, after falling in love with the role, she decided to extend that run through December.

Regarding her injury and her decision to attend the gala, Brooke reportedly told Giuliana Rancic that she would "do anything for fashion". I feel the same way about kung fu movies, though I doubt I'd hobble down to the premiere of the latest Jackie Chan movie if my precious meniscus was damaged. Maybe I should reevaluate my dedication to the things I love. Regardless, Shields will be okay. She hasn't contracted leprosy or anything wildly scandalous, so you're free to return to your regularly-scheduled lives.

A few cane-related tweets have been included below.

Brooke Shields; a cane is usually a fierce fashion statement, usually. #metgala The gown is a so-so(image) 3 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Brooke Shields walking with a cane, something to do with her uterus falling out. 10 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Brooke Shields is walking it out with her pimp cane on the red carpet at the #metgala(image) 1 day ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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