This past weekend, Brad Pitt took the stage at the third annual Light Up The Blues concert, in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,000 people, with a very noticeable gash on the left side of his face that had everyone wondering who Pitt had gone a few rounds with to earn him such an injury
Speaking to People after the benefit, Brad Pitt — who is currently sporting a beard for his role The Big Short that is filming in New Orleans — explained how he got the nasty cut, and the explanation wasn’t nearly as gossip-worthy as some might have hoped.
“This is what happens when you try to run up steps in the dark, with your arms full, wearing flip flops. Turns out if you then try to stop your forward momentum with your face, the result is road rash. Regardless, I wasn’t going to miss the Autism Speaks benefit the night after – wonderful people and I was honored to be a part of this important event.”
The Light Up The Blues concert that Brad was speaking at, take place each year during the month of April — which is Austism Awareness Month — and benefits Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization that helps those with autism spectrum disorder and their families. It also provides funds, through fundraising campaigns such as the Light Up The Blues concerts, for research into the causes, prevention, and treatments of autism and other spectrum disorders.
The event was emceed by Jack Black, who had the honor of auctioning off a Fender guitar signed by each performer of the night, all of whom either have, or are personally affected by autism in some way. Brad Pitt found himself in a bidding war over the autographed guitar, but was inevitably the highest bidder — not that anyone was surprised — and ended up forking over $23,000 for the item, which will undoubtedly go a long way in support of Autism Speaks’ efforts to help those touched by the disorder.
Brad Pitt wasn’t the only celebrity in attendance. Stephen Stills, and wife Kristen, who’s son Henry has autism, hosted the event, and at the end of the night Stills, of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young fame, was joined on the stage by former bandmate Neil Young, as well as all the other performers of the night, to sing Young’s “Rocking In The Free World.”
The total amount raised at the Hollywood event has not yet been released publicly, but it’s likely that Brad Pitt’s extremely generous donation made a great impact on the grand total — bruised face or not.
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