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"American Tragedy"
SVU, Episode 15.03
Production number: 15003
First aired (US): 2 October 2013
First aired (UK): 3 November 2013
First aired (CAN): 2 October 2013
First aired (AUS): 17 October 2013
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Teleplay By
Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Story By
Jill Abbinanti

Directed By
Fred Berner

A celebrity restaurateur claims self-defense in a racially-charged murder case.

Summary

A string of rapes on the Upper West Side raises concerns across the city, and while Detectives Tutuola and Rollins question everyone who fits the suspect's description, celebrity chef Jolene Castille fears she's the next victim when someone follows her home. The SVU arrests her for shooting and killing the unarmed teen, and her attorney faces off against ADA Barba in a trial that tests the limits of the jury’s moral and legal responsibilities. Meanwhile, Detective Benson continues to struggle with the aftermath of her traumatic ordeal.

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Episode scene cards

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St. Michael's Hospital
Exam Room
Tuesday, August 6

Office of
The ADA
1 Hogan Place
Wednesday, August 7

Chez Jolene
87 10th Avenue
Thursday, August 8

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Supreme Court
Part 23
Monday, August 12

Supreme Court
Part 23
Tuesday, August 13

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Part 23
Wednesday, August 14

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