Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is taking on several shades of grey.
The show's producer says a new episode dramatises the potential legal effect of bondage novels like the best-selling 50 Shades of Grey.
Anna Chlumsky guest stars as a bondage romance author who's assaulted by a TV host, then is reluctant to press charges. Roger Bart plays the host.
The story explores how a sexual-assault case might be complicated by the allegation that a victim invited "rough" treatment, executive producer Warren Leight said.
There's more "ripped-from-the-headlines" in store for the Law & Order series. An upcoming episode guest stars Scott Bakula as a lawyer who's being considered for the US Supreme Court and is accused of fathering a child outside of marriage.
"People might make the comparisons to John Edwards," Leight said, referring to the onetime Democratic hopeful who admitted to having a child with his mistress.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs on Network Ten in Australia.