A 19-year-old co-ed accuses a crude heavy metal artist of rape. However, Kincaid fails to reveal an important detail about the accuser to Stone before the trial, which puts the case and their working relationship in jeopardy.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Julia Wood
Clarence Carmichael / 'C Square'
Teddy Wayne
Tanya Berezin ...
Meighan Dobson ...
Marti Daniels
Laury Marker ...
Dr. Wells


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate a claim by 19 year-old Julia Wood that she was raped by rock star C Square, whose real name is Clarence Carmichael. She says she and several of her dorm friends met the singer at a restaurant that day and he had offered her tickets to a concert. He then showed up at her dorm around midnight and she went with him to pick up the tickets at his hotel. The rape occurred in his room and she went down to the bar to have a couple of drinks before calling the police. Lt. Van Buren interviews the young woman and as far she is concerned, the girl is telling the truth. Carmichael doesn't deny having had sex with her but claims it was consensual. When ADA Kincaid fails to tell ADA Stone an important piece of information in her testimony, he's certain they will now lose the case and suggests that she seek employment elsewhere. Written by garykmcd

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6 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Based on the Mike Tyson rape accusation case. In 1991, Tyson was convicted of raping Desiree Washington, a contestant for Miss Black America, in an Indianapolis hotel room and served three years of a six year sentence. Tyson made headlines again when he bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in a fight. In a 2003 interview with FOX's The Pulse, Tyson denounced both Washington and her mother, stating that now he 'really did want to rape her'. See more »


After C-Square says, "You still don't get it, do you, man? I'm C-Square," he picks up an electric guitar and plays a loud chord. However, the guitar is not plugged in, so it could not have made any sound. See more »


Det. Mike Logan: I've been eager myself. It's not a crime.
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3 September 2011 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

It's an above-average series that occasionally touches on some important social issue, in this case rape -- or, rather, the accusation of rape. It's based on an actual incident involving a celebrity whose name I forget. A young girl is invited to a rock star's hotel room for an autograph or something and the rock star takes what he wants regardless of her protests.

Forcible rape is always of interest. In the first place, sexual and aggressive behavior are assumed by some psychologists to be antagonistic responses. If a man has just had a fierce argument with his wife, does he really want to make love to her? Do people really "make up" that way or is it pluralistic ignorance, in which people think other people do it? Of course, since it does happen, the rapists are unusual people whose mental composition should be studied.

Second, it's easy to make an accusation of rape after willing sexual congress, especially when the person accused is wealthy and prominent and likely to buy the victim off. Even in the absence of a monetary reward, there is the payoff associated with victimhood, what Freud called secondary gain.

The principals here are Moriarty and Hill, joined by Jill Hennessy, who looks elegantly gorgeous the way some models do. The detectives are Noth and Orbach. But someone should point out that S. Epatha Merkeson is a splendid actress, at least in this role. Her predecessor, Dann Florek, was fine too, but his masculinity masked his anima. Merkeson can be stern, efficient, and simmer with anger, but she's never for a moment bullying, and her sense of humor is ironic. It's a tough combination of traits to pull off but she does it, and never better than in this episode.

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