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Actor in rehab after 'Spider-Man' plunge




The actor who fell 30 feet from a ledge during a performance in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has left the ICU and is in rehab now, his father reports. Christopher Tierney suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae in the Dec. 20 fall. Tim Tierney says his son was able to walk with the help of a full-torso brace on Tuesday before being discharged from the hospital and transferred to a New York City rehab facility, according to the Associated Press. Christopher Tierney plunged into a stage pit despite a safety harness that should have prevented the spill. The $65 million show — the most expensive ever on Broadway — canceled two preview performances then reopened after instituting new safety and security measures. On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that the lead actress who plays Arachne was negotiating her exit from the musical, which features music from Bono and The Edge. Natalie Mendoza had her last performance on the day Tierney fell. 

Associated Press photo: This screen grab from a video taken the day of the fall shows Tierney as he is about to go over the edge of the ledge.


[Last modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 2:09pm]


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