A spokesman for the Tate said they had given careful consideration to the work and the reaction it could provoke before including it in the exhibition.
The accident took place in January.
Gallery chiefs themselves admit they sought legal advice before including the picture, titled Spiritual America, in the Pop Life: Art In A Material World show.
MailOnline chose not to show the portrait of naked 10-year-old Shields before it was removed from the Tate Modern Richard Prince's image of Shields shows her from the knees up, naked, oiled and wearing make-up, looking directly at the viewer.
Mr Gross, a fashion photographer for 30 years, shot a series of photos of Ms Shields in 1975 before she became famous as a child actress.
The Victorian story of two shipwrecked childern who grow up alone on a tropical island became overshadowed on the big screen by the scenes of the nearly naked characters falling in love.