|More than 100 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators stormed the set for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” across from the Manhattan State Supreme Courthouse, shutting down production of an OWS-themed episode.|
"We made it so that they could not exploit us and that's awesome," said Tammy Schapiro, 29, of Brooklyn.
The protesters arrived around midnight at Foley Square and roamed around the park inspecting tents and signs built by the production company.
"This is not us," said Drew Hornbein, 24, of Brooklyn Heights. "We are not part of corporate TV America."
Some of the set signs read "End War on Workers" "Greed No" and "War Profiteers."
About 100 police officers lined the perimeter of the production, preventing protesters from getting too close.
"It's hysterical," Hornbein said. "Two weeks ago they kicked us out of Zuccotti Park. Now they have this set trying to pretend it’s us. It's odd."
After midnight, a police officer on a bullhorn announced that the film permit had been rescinded by the city, which drew cheers from the crowd.
Cops then threatened to arrest them if they did not leave the park. After a momentary standoff, police moved in and dispersed the crowd.
"This is bastardization going on. This is not the case of imitation is a form of flattery," said a man identified as Scooby 49. "This is insulting."
The production crew moved in and started dismantling the set.