Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Scorched Earth

Series 13 - Episode 1 Scorched Earth



At the start of season 13, Elliott is on leave following the shooting that closed the previous series and Olivia is finding it hard to focus on her work. But the squad – complete with eager newcomer Amanda Rollins – is given fresh impetus when an African immigrant accuses an Italian diplomat of rape.

It’s a case obviously inspired by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair and one that gives Michael Cutter (Linus Roache, having transferred across from the now-defunct original L&O) plenty to wrestle with.


An African immigrant working as a maid accuses an Italian diplomat of rape, but the man hires some heavyweight lawyers to discredit her story by revealing a fabricated detail on her asylum application. A fellow maid brings the woman into further disrepute, but Benson is still inclined to believe the story. Meanwhile, Stabler's future remains in doubt. Crime drama, starring Mariska Hargitay.

Cast & Crew

Det Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola Ice-T
George Huang BD Wong
Capt Donald Cragen Dann Florek
Amanda Rollins Kelli Giddish
Sgt John Munch Richard Belzer
Gillian Hardwicke Melissa Sagemiller
Roberto Distasio Franco Nero
Mr Achok John Jelks
Sofia Distasio Kathleen Garrett
Miriam Deng Anika Noni Rose
Director Michael Slovis
Executive Producer Peter Jankowski
Executive Producer Ted Kotcheff
Executive Producer Dick Wolf
Executive Producer Warren Leight
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