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Perverted Justice 

A woman who accused her father of raping her when she was six now says the accusations were false. With the help of attorney Bayard Ellis and retired captain Cragen, SVU tries to get to the truth and make sure justice is served.


Alex Chapple


Dick Wolf (created by), Robert Brooks Cohen (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T) (credit only)
Peter Scanavino ... Dominick Carisi Jr.
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba (credit only)
Andre Braugher ... Bayard Ellis
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Samira Wiley ... Michelle Thompson
Glenn Plummer ... Derek Thompson
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Reverend Curtis Scott
Nick Sandow ... Det. Ted McCormack
Vincent Curatola ... Judge Al Bertuccio
Kia Goodwin Kia Goodwin ... Audrey Thompson (as Kia Joy Goodwin)
Robin de Jesus ... Jose Silva


Bayard Ellis takes on the case of a man incarcerated for incest and rape, whose daughter Michelle, the victim and star witness when she was a child, wants to recant her testimony and set her father free. When a judge refuses to reopen the 17 year old case, the SVU turns to retired Captain Cragen, who remembers the investigation and provides evidence that could change the convict's fate. Written by Adam Lee

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Release Date:

6 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The actors who portray Michelle (Samira Wiley) and Ted (Nick Sandow) both star in Orange Is the New Black (2013). See more »


Nick Amaro: Bayard Ellis wants us to reopen a twenty year old incest/rape? Let him do his own legwork.
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References Gossip Girl (2007) See more »

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A case out of Kafka
4 September 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Andre Braugher made a return appearance as Innocence Project attorney Bayard Ellis who calls on his old friend Sgt. Olivia Benson now in charge of the SVU Squad. The squad is working for the defense now as an old conviction is reviewed of Glenn Plummer who back 17 years earlier was charged with raping his six year old daughter who has grown up to be Samira Wiley.

As part of her substance abuse recovery program Wiley seeks to make amends and the biggest amend she has to make is to dear old dad who on her testimony has been in jail. When we meet we see him tutoring another prisoner. As a sex offender I doubt this guy would have gotten a chance to prove his fellow prisoners he wasn't a sex offender for real. But that is one flaw of this story.

This truly is a case that Franz Kafka could have written. The proof that the squad comes up with you would think the prosecution in the person of Robert Sean Leonard would just drop this case and let Plummer walk. But he wants his innocence unvarnished and Leonard has too much ego wrapped in this case. There's ego and then there's ego.

The performance I liked the best here was that of Julie Halston who shows us just why she eventually got disbarred. This is the kind of lawyer they don't make lawyer jokes about, she is one monstrous joke. Kafka working overtime.

Some unnecessary doubt is cast on the whole business at the end. That is the episode's biggest flaw. But some of the performances like Halston's are worth noting.

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