Christopher Meloni leaves 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
No details were available on the reasons of Meloni's departure. NBC executives and Dick Wolf, creator of the "Law & Order" franschise, were not available for comment.
Meloni and co-star Mariska Hargitay two years ago were reportedly seeking more money and were considering leaving the series if they didn't get a raise. The dispute was resolved, and they returned.
Hargitay is scheduled to return this season but may not be in every episode.
— Greg Braxton
Photo: Christopher Meloni at 2011 Tribaca Film Festival
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