'Law & Order: SVU' serves up season opener seemingly drawn from Strauss-Kahn case
NEW YORK -- "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" often seems to echo real life, and the season opener of this crime drama, which airs on CTV in Canada, is no different.
NBC says the episode will deal with an Italian dignitary accused of rape. Franco Nero, who appeared last year in the film "Letters to Juliet," stars as the official.
The network routinely insists "SVU" is fiction. But this episode appears to mirror the case of ex-International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a front-runner for the French presidency until his arrest in May on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper in Manhattan. He has pleaded not guilty.
The woman has since filed a civil lawsuit against him.
"Law & Order: SVU" begins its 13th season on Sept. 21.