Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 20, Episode 23 - full transcript

In the criminal justice system,

sexually-based offenses

are considered
especially heinous.

In New York City,
the dedicated detectives

who investigate
these vicious felonies

are members of an elite squad

known as
the Special Victims Unit.

These are their stories.

[DRAMATIC MUSICAL STING]

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC]

[BOTH PANTING]



Go! Just go!

- They're gonna find out!
- Go!

Just keep running, dude.
Don't look back.

You boys, I saw you
come out of the synagogue.

What were you doing there?
I'm calling the cops!

Mike!

[GRUNTS]

Rob Miller, the disgraced
former NYPD attorney,

has been released on bail today.

Miller spent two months
in federal custody

and faces multiple
felony charges.

My client is innocent,

and we move for dismissal
of all charges

and hope for a favorable
ruling from the court



in the next few days.

- Son of a bitch.
- Mom! Mom.

Yes. Yes, Noah.

I'm sorry. What... what is it?

- Are you mad at me?
- No, honey, of course not.

But you're mad.

[SIGHS] Fine.

Yes, I'm mad.

I am mad, honey, but not at you.

Not at you.

So, what's up?

How do you spell "believe"?

Well, how about
we sound it out, right?

Okay.

Believe.

B... E...

I... I...

[MELANCHOLY MUSIC]

E... V... E.

Two boys... white.

One of 'em had a red hat.

You know, one of those...

- MAGA hats.
- That's right.

They were obviously
up to no good.

Did you see them do anything?

They were running away.

One of them called me "kike."

And after what happened here
last week...

What happened last week,
Mrs. Meyer?

The temple was vandalized,

swastikas spray-painted
everywhere.

Okay, we'll take a look.



[POLICE RADIO CHATTER
IN DISTANCE]



There's nothing to see here.



15 Central,
360 West 89th is unfounded.

West 89th is unfounded. 10-4.



Ma'am! Ma'am!

Ortiz, I got
a female unconscious.

Call a bus.

15 Central,
we have an unconscious female.

- Notify SVU.
- Got it.

Central, send a bus,
and notify SVU.

Please don't. Please.

Bus is en route.
Say, ten minutes.

[RADIO CHATTER CONTINUES
INDISTINCTLY]

Hey, are we looking
at a sexual assault?

Yeah, maybe a hate crime too.

Her hijab was torn off.

She's Muslim?
Attacked in a synagogue?

Do we have an ID?

According to
the driver's license,

it's Nahla Nasar.

The city councilwoman?

- Yeah, I guess.
- All right, we got this.

Nahla Nasar?

She's been in the news
a lot lately.

Yeah, for making
anti-Semitic remarks.

So what was she doing
in a temple?

Hi, Ms., uh, Ms. Nasar.

I'm Detective Carisi,
this is Detective Rollins.

Can you tell us
what happened to you?



Yes.

I know exactly what happened.

Okay.

I was set up.

By who?



By those people.



[DRAMATIC MUSIC]



Yeah, I'm meeting him now.

Okay.

She was set up by Jews?

That's what she told
my detectives.

Jesus.

And an eyewitness saw
two boys fleeing the scene,

one wearing a MAGA hat.

It gets better and better.

Chief Dodds,
was this a hate crime?

The investigation is ongoing.

We'll let you know
as soon as we know.

Is it true
her hijab was torn off?

We won't be releasing
any details

until we process the evidence.

Councilwoman Nasar is
an on-the-record anti-Semite.

Can you comment?

Rest assured,
the NYPD does not tolerate

bigotry or hate-motivated
violence of any kind.

Careful. That's it.

Fasten your seatbelts.

We haven't even discussed
Rob Miller yet.

You heard?
That he's out on bail?

Yes, and I would've appreciated
a heads-up.

I only saw it
on the news myself.

Okay.

Hey. How is Ms. Nasar?

She's being treated
for a concussion,

and they're doing a rape kit.

Do we have any idea
why she was in that synagogue?

Not yet, but her chief
of staff just got here.

Her name is Aida Galanis.

Okay, so find out
what she knows.

And ask her not to make
any statements to the press.

We don't need this to blow up
any more than it already has.

[ELEVATOR DINGS]

Nahla is passionate
about her beliefs.

She's exercising her right
to criticize Israel.

She's not anti-Semitic.

My understanding
is that people got offended

by her choice of words.

Okay, well, all that aside,

we need to figure out
why she was at that synagogue.

I don't know.

You're her chief of staff.

She can be
a very private person.

I respect her boundaries.

All right, but has she
received any threats lately?

Our office is besieged
by protesters.

We get dozens
of hate-spewing calls a day.

Okay, but any specific threats?

I mean, maybe sexual violence,
for example.

No one said
they want to rape her.

Listen, we're gonna need
phone and email records

and any threats made
on social media.

I hope you need the overtime.

Look, I'm sick
about what happened to Nahla.

The only upside,
maybe everyone will realize

that she's the true victim here.

Hey.

We're very sorry
for what happened

to you, Councilwoman.

Yeah, I'm fine.

My parents are from Syria.

I know what women, what girls
have endured in war zones.

I won't feel sorry for myself.

Okay, well,
I can appreciate that,

but you've been through
a trauma,

and we're here to help you.

Then catch who did this.

Can you tell us what
you remember about the attack?

Um, I was alone in the sanctuary

looking at the cabinet
for the Torah scrolls.

It felt like a place
of reverence,

of godliness.

And then, uh...

I was struck violently

on the back of the head,

and I fell to the ground.

Okay, then...
Then what happened?

[DISCORDANT MUSIC]



[SIGHS]

Um...

[SNIFFLES]

He pinned me down.

He was... he was rough,

and he tore off my hijab...



Pulled up my skirt and, uh...



He forced himself inside me.



- Did he say anything?
- [SOBS]

No. No, I didn't...
I didn't see his face.

I don't know when he left.

I must have passed out.

Okay, you told my detectives
that you were set up.

Why were you in the synagogue?



I was lured there.

By who?



By a man
pretending to want peace.

I was lied to... by a Zionist.



Some members of our congregation

had an issue with Ms. Nasar.

I asked her
to walk through our exhibit.

I thought if she could see
these images,

she might understand
how hurtful her words are.

Well, so what time
she say she'd be here?

8:00 p.m.

We were supposed to meet
in the front office.

She never showed.

How long did you wait for her?

8:20, 8:25.

Called her office
several times, no answer.

So I went home.

Now, we have a witness
that says she saw

two teens with red hats

running away
from this synagogue.

Now, have you had a problem
with vandalism here?

Two weeks ago,
someone spray-painted

swastikas, "Death to Jews."

We were working on putting in
a security system.

Not soon enough.

Is there anybody else here
that could've seen anything?

I mean, like, maintenance crew?

The facilities manager
unlocked the room.

There was a youth group meeting.

I saw two boys in the bathroom
before I left.

We're gonna need their names.

What happened to Ms. Nasar
is horrible.

But what she was saying,
repeating tropes,

normalizing anti-Semitism...

that's how it started
in Germany.

[INTERCOM BUZZES]

Why can't she say
whatever she wants?

Well, she can say
whatever she wants...

That's the First Amendment...
But imagine she was saying

these kinds of things
about African Americans.

I don't pay attention
to ignorant people.

Well, that's you, Fin.

The world doesn't work that way.

I mean, words have consequences.

So it's free speech
until you piss somebody off,

then it's hate speech.

[LOCK CLICKING]

Can I help you?

I'm Detective Carisi,
this is Sergeant Tutuola.

We're looking for Ari Kaplan.

Yeah, he's my son.

Can you get him for us, please?

Now.

Ari!

Can I ask what this is about?

We just need to talk to him.



- You Ari?
- Yeah.

You and another boy were at

the Amsterdam Avenue Synagogue
last night around 8:00?

Hey, look, we didn't touch her.

I-I swear to God.

Okay, you need to come with us.

Right now. Let's go.

.

I'm sorry for dragging you
back in.

Just tell me
that we have a lead.

This is Ari Kaplan
and Michael Schwartz.

They were caught
on security cam.

They're members
of the synagogue.

The boys that our witness
saw running away?

Yeah.

So they weren't there
vandalizing?

No, they were there
for a meeting

about their birthright trip
to Israel.

- And this is not a MAGA hat.
- No.

It's a high school logo red cap,

and Esther Meyer says
that she might've misunderstood.

"Mike" for "kike."

So do they have anything to do

with Nahla Nasar's assault?

They claim that she was
already laying

unconscious on the floor

when they walked through
the sanctuary.

Then why didn't they
call the police?

Look, I told you.

We freaked out.
We thought they'd blame us.

Why would she blame you?

- 'Cause she's an anti-Semite.
- All right, look.

Detective, I have no great love
for Ms. Nasar,

but my son didn't rape her,
he's a good boy.

Who left a passed-out woman
bleeding on the temple floor.

I'm not sure
that God would agree with you.

What was she even doing
in there?

It's like she was deliberately
trying to...

- Ari.
- Oh, no, no.

He can finish. He's a big boy.

Deliberately trying to what?

- To provoke us.
- Well, did she?

Because I see a lot of anger.

She had her skull smashed in!

Her hijab was torn off.

I didn't do that.
That wasn't me.

Okay.

Okay, maybe not.

Maybe it was your, uh,
your buddy, Michael.



But let me tell you something.

If it was, then right now,
you got to come clean

before he gives you up.



- I didn't do anything!
- No, you didn't.

You didn't do a thing
to save a woman

bleeding on the floor.

That doesn't make him guilty
of rape.

Makes him guilty of something.

Is that Muslim woman
accusing my son?

And if she is?

She wears a headscarf.
You know what that means.

That means she believes
in Sharia law.

So she's a terrorist?

My son's not answering
any more questions

without a lawyer.



So what are we looking at?

Well, we have motive.
We have opportunity.

Their social media pages
are filled with

anti-Nahla Nasar posts.

None advocating violence.

They're straight-A students.
They got no records.

Okay, is there
any other evidence?

Nothing on security cams.

No DNA recovered
from Nahla's kit.

Where are you in all this?

I see racism all around.

Release them back into
the custody of their parents.

See if Nahla can make an ID.

[DRAMATIC MUSICAL STING]

This was a hate rape.

And we all know
who is responsible.

Is the NYPD afraid of
being accused of anti-Semitism?

We wanna find who did this
as much as you do, trust me.

I can assure you, Ms. Cole,

there is legislation on my desk
to address this issue.

You will not be evicted.

Bless you. Good day.

Detectives.
You said you had a lead?

Yeah, we need to show you
some photos.

She told you
she didn't see anyone.

Aida, let them do their job.

But she is right.
I didn't see his face.

All right, well, let us know

if you recognize
any of these guys.

No.

No. No.

I'm sorry.

Wait. Him.

You know him?

Not from that night,
but the same day.

He was protesting
outside my office

with a group of other students.



This boy, he was there too.

- You're sure?
- I'm positive.

This boy grabbed my hijab
and spat in my face.

These people are Islamophobes.

It's in their blood.

One of these boys
must have raped me.



So Ari and Michael
were protesting

outside of Nahla's office
that afternoon

and neglected to mention it?

They said they thought
it'd make them look guilty.

It does.

They also said
that Nahla was the one

who started the confrontation.

So can anyone confirm
what happened?

We're canvassing the area.
Maybe someone saw the incident.

Oh, someone definitely saw.

Go to MetroBuzz's website.

You're an anti-Semite!

Stop spitting in my face
like some kind of animal.

Hey, don't you dare
call me an animal!

Are you trying
to rip off my hijab?

- What?
- You all saw!

An act of aggression

no different
than Israeli aggression

against the Palestinian people!

You're a liar! She's a liar!

That was posted an hour ago,
along with a report that SVU

arrested two Jewish teenagers
for the assault on Nahla Nasar.

We've made no arrests.

Well, someone leaked
that you did.

Jewish students
planning a trip to Israel.

Things would have been
a lot easier if it was

some alt-right thugs.

[DRAMATIC MUSICAL STING]

I don't know how I can
help you, Detectives.

I don't know
who raped Nahla Nasar.

No? Your newsfeed reported
that we arrested

two Jewish teenagers.

- So?
- So it wasn't true.

Who told you that?
I can't give up my sources.

- Your sources are lying.
- Look, I get it.

You guys are pissed.

The NYPD likes to control
the narrative.

Yeah, especially when
somebody's deliberately

trying to manipulate
that narrative.

- Not my problem.
- You're a news organization.

You're supposed to be
interested in the truth,

or at least pretend
that you are.

Turns out, there are a lot
of different truths out there.

So, any more questions?

I got work to do.

Yeah, I got a question for you.

That video you took outside
the city councilwoman's office.

Yeah, what about it?

So those two teens
just happened to be

front and center?

They spit in her face.

They tried to tear off
her hijab.

That's what we call
"newsworthy."

And how'd you happen to be
right there

when it all went down?

I guess I just got lucky.

Lucky?

I've been covering
the councilwoman's story.

I knew things would
get ugly eventually.

People always show
their true colors.

And you'd be right there
with your news crew.

This video doesn't look good
for the boys.

They're claiming that
she started the whole thing.

Excuse me. Please turn this up.

This has been going on
since I was elected.

Of course I'm angry.

Half the media is trying

to paint me as an anti-Semite.

But remember, I was the one
who was targeted.

These young men descended
on my office.

I tried to defuse the situation.

I went to their synagogue
in good faith.



And that's where I was
sexually assaulted.

Well, thank you so much,
Councilwoman.

It's always so good
to speak with you.

She's pouring gas on the fire.

- Maybe more than that.
- What? What do you got?

I've been looking at Nahla's
office phone records,

and I found an outgoing call
to MetroBuzz

from her desk line at 3:30.

Now, look at this.

You see the clock tower?

The confrontation
between the boys and Nahla

happened at 4:15.

It would take somebody
about 20 minutes or so

to get from MetroBuzz
to Nahla's office,

then a few minutes for this
whole thing to develop.

Okay, so she calls MetroBuzz,
alerts them

to what's about to go down...

she orchestrated
the whole thing.

A hoax?

Maybe that's not the only hoax.

.

You have a break in the case?

Well, something has come up
in the investigation.

Yes?

A call was made
from your office to MetroBuzz

before the confrontation
with Ari Kaplan.

What are you saying?

That you alerted the media

and orchestrated the event
for maximum exposure.

I did not arrange
for those students

to be harassing me
outside my office.

Yes, but once you knew
they were there,

you exploited the situation.

Everybody's so worried
about the Jews.

No, no, look.

We're just trying
to make sense of things.

Right?

But why would you call MetroBuzz

before anything happened?

I'm not the only one
with access to my office phone.

I have aides, interns...

Who would also be motivated
to further

your political career.

I think I see
where this is going.

Are you suggesting
that I am lying

about my sexual assault?

Absolutely not.

You couldn't describe
your attacker.

Your rape kit was inconclusive.

This is
an outrageous accusation.

I'm wondering if my headscarf
has something to do with it.

Okay, let's...
Let's not go there,

because that's just not true.

Now, what would help
clear this up

is if you would give
our techs access

to your phone records.

I will do no such thing.

I thought the days
of police calling

rape victims liars were over.



I guess I was mistaken.



Have the police made
any arrests?

Mr. Stone, are you charging
a hate crime

in the assault
against Councilwoman Nasar?

Why aren't those Jewish kids
in custody?

Our investigation is ongoing.
That's all I have for now.

Mr. Stone, one more question.

This has taken on
a life of its own.

Mix rape and religion...

Look, Nahla could be hiding
something on her cell phone.

I'll... I'll get a subpoena.

That's just gonna play
into her account

that she's the one
being persecuted.

So grab whatever
phone records you can

from her service provider,

and in the meantime,
I'll go after MetroBuzz.

Okay.

How'd you get MetroBuzz
to give you the whole tape?

Didn't they argue
First Amendment?

They did, but the judge
agreed with me.

He said it was
a staged publicity stunt

and not a protected act
of journalism.

[ALL SHOUTING AT ONCE]

[SOMBER MUSIC]

There she is!

Anti-Semite!

Anti-Semite!

Instead of going home,
she headed

straight into the hornet's nest.

Why?
Why are you all harassing me?

Why do you say
these hateful things

against the Jews?

Well, why do you
sanction genocide

against the Palestinian people?

- We don't!
- Nobody here thinks that!

You are the ones that want
to push us into the sea.

Who's paying you
to come down here, huh?

The Zionists from AIPAC?

You're all not real Americans.
I'm a Jewish American.

Oh, so it's all about
the Benjamins, then, isn't it?

She's taunting him.

You're an anti-Semite!

Stop spitting in my face
like some kind of animal.

Hey, don't you dare
call me an animal!

Are you trying
to rip off my hijab?

What?

Oh, my God.

It's no wonder they only posted

the second half
of the confrontation.

Coded hate speech aside,
this is overt provocation.

Yeah, and MetroBuzz is making
her look like the victim.

But Ari retaliates
by raping her?

You saw the rage in his eyes.

Or she hired someone
to stage the assault.

If that's the case,
she'll be going in handcuffs.



Rob Miller's attorney served me

with a subpoena last night
at home.

He's trying to intimidate you.

Trying?

He's already had
a State Trooper pull me over

with Noah in the car.

Nikki Staines is terrified.
She won't testify.

He raped her and he's gonna
get away with it.

Let me worry about Rob Miller.

Right now, the mayor
needs to know

we're making progress
with Nahla Nasar.

- We're working on it.
- Work faster.

I haven't had a chance
to ask you before,

you read the memo?

I did.

I assume if you had
an issue with it,

you would have let me know.

Yes, I would have.

- Rollins.
- Chief.

You okay?

Just tell me
you have something with.

Councilwoman Nasar's case.

Yeah, Verizon finally turned
over her call logs.

Anything interesting?

Nothing on the day in question.

But the night before,
there's a hell of a lot of

calls to a certain 917 number.

So if the story is fabricated,

this could be her accomplice.

[DRAMATIC MUSICAL STING]

Phone's registered
in the name of Tracy Larson.

It's 111 Birkenhoff Street.

Meow Mix 2.0.
You know what this is, right?

- Pet store?
- Far from it.

[ROCK MUSIC PLAYING]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

Oh.



Trying to talk to Tracy Larson.

Tracy's the owner.
She's not here right now.

Well, where can we find her?

[SCOFFS] What's this about?

It's police business.

Well, that's kind of vague,
don't you think?

You know, I'm kinda thirsty.

Yeah, yeah.
We should just post up here.

She'll probably be here
in a minute.

Give us a couple of drinks.
Two club sodas.

Yeah, can I get some extra lime?

See, I love limes.

If I knew where Tracy was,
I'd tell you.



Hey, miss, can I get
a Hendricks martini,

extra dirty, please?

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC]



.

Please don't out me.

If you do, my professional life
is pretty much over.

So this whole hijab
Muslim thing is just for show?

It didn't start out that way,

but then I met Tracy
and everything changed.

We've been together for a year.

So this is where you go, huh?

The women here, I trust them.

Promise me you'll do the same.

If my parents
were to ever find out...

Your sexual orientation
is none of our business.

Unless it affects your case.

I swear to you, it doesn't.

So she's gay
and an observant Muslim.

- Why can't she be both?
- Fine.

Just don't run for office
and lie about who you are.

Well, this is not
just political.

Growing up unconventional
in a devout family,

that's gonna be tough
in any religion.

If we were in Iraq,
they'd throw her off a roof.

Okay, where are we
with the family?

What do we know?

Well, we had no reason
to do a full court press.

We were locked in
on the political angle.

Okay, so get on that.

So we just gonna drop
the ball at Ari Kaplan?

Look, we have a new piece
of the puzzle.

She's a devout Muslim by day,

she lives a completely
different life at night.

Let's see how the pieces fit.

[DRAMATIC MUSICAL STING]

My wife and I came here
from Syria 40 years ago.

Nahla was born
a few years after we arrived.

We are very proud of her.

Nahla majored in foreign
relations at Dartmouth.

She worked in a think tank
in Washington

before she ran for office here.

And mashallah,
she stayed in the faith.

And Nahla's
always been religious?

Well, not always.

In high school here in Brooklyn,

she wanted to fit in.

She started to wear the hijab
after she met Masud.

Her ex-husband.

How long have they
been divorced for?

Two years or so.

But it was very amicable.

Masud, he wanted a large family,

and Nahla wasn't ready.

She wanted to focus
on her career.

We'd like to talk to Masud,

if he's still living
in New York.

Is that appropriate?

I mean,
they're no longer married.

We'll be very discreet.

I read about what happened
to Nahla in the papers.

Terrible what these people
did to her.

How is she holding up?

These things can be difficult.

Look, I wanted
to reach out to her,

but I didn't know what to say.

And I didn't think
she'd want to hear from me.

Nahla's parents told us
that you two separated

because she wasn't ready
to have kids.

Well, that's what we told them.

So there's more to it.

Nahla and I, we, uh, grew apart.

We weren't on the same page,
romantically.

Look, I still love Nahla,
but in my heart,

I know it was best
to let her move on.

Hmm.

The, um, the night that this...
This all happened to Nahla,

do you mind telling us
where you were?

Here. All day, every day.

I close at 8:00,
and I walk home to Ozone Park.

Mm. Okay.

Thank you.

[UNSETTLING MUSIC]



Whoa, what's up?

That guy's a stone-cold liar,
that's what's up.

I mean, there's no way
he was at the flower shop

on the day of the rape.

How do you know?

'Cause I clocked him
as one of the bystanders

in the MetroBuzz video.

When he was there,
he saw the whole thing go down.



Anti-Semite!

- Freeze it.
- Anti...

Zoom in. Zoom, right there.



Right there, the guy
in the green jacket

and the brown beanie.

That's him. That's Masud.

Okay, so can you put him
at the synagogue?

I got TARU to track
his cell phone,

but it was at his flower shop
all night.

He was smart enough
to not have it on him.

So canvass the neighborhood
around the synagogue,

and I'll talk to Nahla.

I haven't seen Masud since
I moved out two years ago.

He hasn't tried to contact you?

- No.
- Actually, that's not true.

He's been here three times
in the last few months.

I made him leave.

Why didn't you tell me?

I didn't want to upset you.

With everything else going on...
Aida.

He stopped coming
after I told him

I was going to call the cops.

But I'm... I'm pretty sure
I did see him

waiting outside one day
last week.

He was stalking me.

Nahla, we have an older woman
who was coming home

from grocery shopping who puts
Masud outside the synagogue

the night
that you were attacked.

Is there anywhere else
he could've followed you?

Where?

Aida, I'm sorry,

but would you... would you mind
giving us the room?

Sure.

Could he have followed
you to Morgan's bar?

I don't know.

Why would he go to...

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC]

About a month ago, Tracy told me

that a man walked into the bar.

He looked around,
realized where he was,

and then he spat on the floor
and left.



- She say what he looked like?
- No.

But there is a DOT camera

at the intersection
near the bar.

All right, thank you.



Put a teaspoon of sugar
in the water

when you get home,
and these will open up

in a day or two.



No, no, no, no, no, no,
whatever you're thinking,

Masud, that is a big mistake.

- Come on, get out.
- Get out of here.

Put those back, put your hands
where I can see 'em,

and get out
from behind that counter.

- Let's go.
- Why?

Why?

Because you are being arrested
for rape.

Nahla accused me?

- What, are you surprised?
- Not in the least.

She hates men.

I don't know about that,

but I'm pretty sure
she hates you.

.

Everybody in New York
despises me

or thinks I'm a liar.

[CROWD SHOUTING]

My family is gonna be
in that courtroom.

I could lose them, my job...

I don't know
if this is worth it.

You were raped, Nahla.

[MELANCHOLY MUSIC]

And you deserve justice,

no matter how many mistakes
you made along the way.



But people have lost faith
in me.

Because they don't know you.



And this is your chance
to tell them who you are,

to tell them your truth.



You can do this.

And I'm gonna be
right behind you.



[CROWD SHOUTING]

[DRAMATIC MUSIC]



I was alone in the synagogue.

I felt a blow
to the back of my head.

I fell to the ground.

My hijab was torn off.

I was raped.

Ms. Nasar,
what did you tell the police

after you were assaulted?

That I didn't see the man
who raped me.

And now?

I know it was my ex-husband,
Masud Faraj.

Why is that?

The police told me
that he had found out

that I was a lesbian.

I know he assaulted me
because he felt like

I had violated his honor.

But at first,
you didn't recognize him.

Because we hadn't
been intimate in years.

So how do you know it was him?

The rapist grabbed my hair
with his right hand

and pulled it hard
as he was assaulting me.

It was the same thing
my ex-husband used to do

when he had sex.

I now know it was Masud.

Thank you.

Ms. Nasar, did you tell
police your assailant

grabbed your hair?

I didn't remember at the time.

You only remembered
after police told you

my client was a suspect?

It didn't occur to me
that Masud was even...

In fact, at first,
you thought your rapist

was a boy wearing a MAGA hat.

My aide told me that there
was a witness who put a boy...

And then later, you told police

that two Jewish boys
had raped you.

I did, but I recanted that...

The two Jewish boys
you had baited

into a confrontation
earlier that day.

- I shouldn't have done that.
- The confrontation was a hoax.

Isn't it true
the police thought your rape

was also a hoax?



They now know I was assaulted.

But you did lie to police
several times,

not to mention lying
about being gay.

Isn't it true
this whole charade is a hoax

intended to raise
your political profile,

to gain sympathy...

- Objection!
- Sustained.



I thought I had to hide
that part of my life.

I was afraid... Nothing further.



I am here at risk of losing
my family's love,

my career, everything.



But I am not afraid anymore.



I wasn't stalking Nahla.

I was worried about her safety.

She'd been getting
death threats.

I would stop by her office
to check on her.

And the synagogue?

I wasn't there.

What about the witness?

White people
in that neighborhood think

all Muslims look alike.

I'm used to it.

I wish I had followed her.

I could have saved her.

Mr. Faraj, did you know
your ex-wife was a lesbian?

Yes.

It was painful at first.

But I love her,
and I would never hurt her.

So you love your ex-wife.

You were just protecting her.

Yes.

You never asked Nahla if
she wanted protection, did you?

No.

So she didn't have a choice.

Sounds more like stalking
than love to me.

- Objection.
- Withdrawn.

Mr. Faraj, when you spit
on the ground in front of

your ex-wife's female lover,
was that love too?

No, that was wrong.

Why? Because you were angry?
Jealous?

You don't understand.
She was my wife.

Your ex-wife.

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC]

Yes.

Sorry, I'm having difficulty
hearing you.

She is your ex-wife, correct?

Yes.

And Sharia law
doesn't recognize divorce,

not under
the American legal system.

- Isn't that right?
- Yes.

That must've been very difficult

for you to accept,
being a conservative Muslim.

Not like Nahla,
who takes off her hijab

whenever she feels like it
and sleeps with random women.

- Objection.
- Overruled.



You follow Sharia law,
Mr. Faraj?

Yes.

Sharia law states
that homosexuality is immoral.

"If any of your women
are guilty of lewdness,

"take the evidence
of four reliable witnesses

"from amongst them,

"and if they testify,
confine them

"to houses until..." what?



Mr. Faraj, I know
you know the answer.

- Objection, Your Honor.
- Mr. Faraj, until what?

What is the answer?

"Until death do claim them."
I should have killed her.

Instead of just assaulting
and raping her?

Why didn't you kill her?

Because she is my wife!



[CROWD MURMURING]



Nothing further.



You wear a red baseball cap,

civilized society assumes
you're a racist,

a bigot of the worst order.

A teenager runs
out of a synagogue,

we assume
he's an anti-Semite reliving

the bliss of Kristallnacht.

A Muslim woman
is brutally attacked.

We have no choice but to assume
the animal was an Islamophobe.

But, in this case...

the teenager was running
because he was scared.

The brutal attacker
was not Jewish.

Clearly, each and every one
of those assumptions

were dead wrong.

So if you're tempted to assume
Ms. Nasar was raped

by her former husband
because it was mandated

by some medieval Koranic code...

shame on you.

What Ms. Ziegler just
lambasted weren't assumptions.

They were hate-filled
stereotypes.

So what do we know?

We know that Nahla Nasar
is a lesbian.

We know that her former husband
knew it too.

We know that his religion
tells him

that homosexuality is immoral
and punishable by death.

We know he was at
the scene of the crime

at the time the crime
was committed,

and we know that Ms. Nasar
ID'd him as her rapist.

We know that.
Those are the facts.

That's what we know.

Now, what do we do?



We look at those facts,

and we assume he raped her.



It's okay.

That's the way our system works.



Members of the jury,
have you reached a verdict?

We have, Your Honor.

In the charge of rape
in the second degree,

we find the defendant guilty.





Thank you, both of you.

Best of luck to you, Ms. Nasar.

How are you doing?

Wondering if I can find
the strength

to come back from this.

You already have it.

No more secrets, Nahla.
You're free now.



Excuse me.

Mama... Baba...

Habibti.

We are still proud of you.



And you are wrong.



You haven't lost
your family's love.



[SNIFFLING]



- You're a disgrace!
- [SCREAMS]

Allah will punish you!

[CONFUSED SHOUTING]

- How dare you?
- Are you okay?

Hey. Are you okay?

You have no right!



I want spaghetti.

You always want spaghetti.

I like spaghetti.

[SIGHS]

Should I order something else?

No, honey, you have
whatever makes you happy.

[EERIE MUSIC]

Mom.

Yeah? You see a waiter?

No, but there's a man
watching us.



What man?



Lieutenant Benson,
nice to see you.



What are you doing here?



This must be your son. Noah?

Are you a friend of my mom's?

I am, a good friend.

I'm Rob. Nice to meet you.