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Jesse Metcalfe Falls from Balcony, Is Briefly Hospitalized

11/11/2008 at 04:35 PM EST

Jesse Metcalfe Falls from Balcony, Is Briefly Hospitalized
Jesse Metcalfe
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Jesse Metcalfe was briefly hospitalized after falling from a second-story balcony in Monaco on Sunday, but suffered "no long term damage," according to his rep.

The Desperate Housewives actor, who was in Monaco to help host the World Music Awards, was sitting on the ledge of a balcony at the famous Jimmy'z club when he toppled backwards and fell 30 to 40 feet, says his London-based rep.

He was rushed to the Grasse hospital nearby where he had an X-ray and brain scan, and was discharged early Monday. He later flew to London where he was admitted to a private hospital and underwent a CAT scan. "Luckily for him it came up a clean bill of health," says the rep.

Metcalfe has a fractured fibular but "no long term damage" – though he does have some restricted movement in his legs, says his rep. The actor will undergo some physiotherapy.

"To have fallen that distance and not have any major injuries was a miraculous escape," says the rep. "It was a very scary experience for him and those of us who saw him. It was a nasty fall. He was found face down on the floor … It could easily have been fatal."

Metcalfe is "shocked and realizes how lucky he has been," the rep adds. "He is in good spirits and is putting a brave face on it.

Metcalfe, who has spent time in rehab for alcohol problems, had a "couple of glasses of champagne" after working at the award show, adds his rep.

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