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Christopher Meloni leaves 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

May 24, 2011 |  3:50 pm

Chrislaw Christopher Meloni, who stars in NBC's 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' will not be returning to the drama when it comes back in the fall.

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.


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Photo: Christopher Meloni at 2011 Tribaca Film Festival

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