Rosie Perez suing 'Law & Order: SVU' for back and neck injury
Rosie Perez is taking NBC's Law & Order: SVU to court after an extra allegedly injured her during taping of an episode in September 2009. It took her that long to get the episode to load on Hulu, we're guessing.
The 46-year-old says she suffered a herniated disc and needed two surgeries after being shaken for scene in a Season 11 episode called "Hardwired," in which Perez played an angry mom who reaches into a car to choke another mother and is pulled away by a crossing guard, the New York Daily News says.
"This person was not a stuntman, he was just an extra," Perez lawyer Brian O'Dwyer said. "I guess he got carried away with the scene." O'Dwyer, who filed the suit Wednesday in Brooklyn, says Perez is "still suffering severe pain, numbness of the arms, and she'll never be the same despite the surgery." He added she's missed work for several roles, and had to attend a White House event last July in a neck brace and wheelchair following a procedure.
The lawsuit doesn't specify damages, but O'Dwyer says the demands will be "very substantial." Our question: If it was so bad, why did she continue to finish the episode?
[Photo: Perez in July. Getty Images]