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Thompson 'Interrupted' for Lifetime

14 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lea Thompson has been tapped to star in the Lifetime movie A Life Interrupted. The drama is inspired by the life of Debbie Smith, a rape survivor who successfully lobbied for the passage of anti-rape legislation designed to eliminate the backlog of untested DNA kits.

In 1989, Smith, a shy suburban housewife and mother, was dragged from her kitchen in broad daylight and raped in the woods behind her home while her police officer husband was asleep upstairs. After undergoing the rape kit test, Smith waited six years for her rapist to be identified, only to learn that he had been in jail nearly the whole time she had been living in fear of his return.

Upon learning about the estimated half-million untested DNA rape kits across the country, Smith set out to help women in similar circumstances and agreed to work with a forensic scientist to lobby Congress on the importance of nationwide DNA testing. »

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