NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Is the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case headed to Hollywood?
Not quite, but the season opener of the NBC crime drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'' appears to closely mirror the Strauss-Kahn case.
NBC says the episode will deal with an Italian dignitary accused of rape, but the network routinely insists "SVU'' is fiction.
Franco Nero, who appeared last year in the film "Letters to Juliet,'' stars as the official.
The former International Monetary Fund chief has pleaded not guilty.
The accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, filed a civil suit against Strauss-Kahn on Monday for unspecified monetary damages.
The lawsuit claims Diallo "did not know that defendant Strauss-Kahn was the head of the IMF…" at the time of the incident in May.
"Law & Order: SVU'' begins its 13th season on September 21.
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