The actress was attending the Innocence Project gala on May 6 at Cipriani Wall Street, but before reading a monologue from Bob Balaban"s 'The Exonerated", she was spotted having some serious time alone. Although Shields had put on a happy face in public, a witness caught her sitting with her knees pulled up to her chest, hugging herself for comfort and chatting quietly into her cell phone.
“It was a very private moment," the New York Daily News quoted a source as saying. The source added: “She looked really upset, overwhelmed and stressed, the complete opposite of her outward calm in public."
On May 4, Sutherland had headbutted McCullough at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in New York, to defend Shield"s honour.