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Law & Order: SVU has become synonymous with the name Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). She was a detective turned sergeant that eventually makes it all the way to captain. But along the way, she’s encountered a number of perpetrators and suspects. Some of them choose to run, but they’re eventually caught. During one such incident, Benson actually slaps a suspect. We have all the details below.

Who is Olivia Benson?

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Benson was a detective all the way back in 1999 when she first appeared in the very first episode of SVU. Her original partner, Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), was aggressive at times, and Benson has always been quite the opposite. However, she can be tough when needed. It’s what helps keep her rising in the ranks of law enforcement to where we find her in season 22 to this day. 

Benson has chased down her fair share of suspects in her day. She’s even been kidnapped and put in precarious situations. However, that hasn’t stopped her from doing her job time and time again.

Olivia Benson once slapped a suspect in the face

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On one occasion that Benson has to run after a suspect in season 13, episode 19 called “Street Revenge,” Benson races after a suspect after a serial rapist terrorizes the West Soho area in New York City. Numerous measures are taken to try and catch the man behind the brutal assaults, and some citizens even take things into their own hands.

The detectives track down a son of someone whose metro card was used previously by what could be the assailant in a recent attack that was stopped by a masked vigilante. The suspect, named Andy Chen (Michael James Levy), is playing basketball when Benson and Detective Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) stop by to ask him some questions. He has a tan jacket just like the man who attacked the woman the night previously. Andy, who has a black eye, throws the basketball at Benson and takes off, but the detectives catch up to him eventually.

Benson takes another route and blindsides Andy when she shows up right in front of him. He gets his hands up like he’s ready to fight her, but Benson just slaps Andy in the face pretty hard and puts him up against a car. But Andy turns around saying, “I know my rights. Don’t touch me,” with an arm up to hit her, and Benson stops him and hits him in the face with an elbow. She then gets his arm behind his back and takes him to the ground. They find a switchblade on the 20-year-old who has also been charged with groping on the subway in the past.

Andy tries to claim that he’s the one behind the attacks. However, he isn’t the assailant that sexually assaulted multiple women, although he is the one who tried to assault a woman in a copycat attack. He’s actually hurt by a number of masked vigilantes in an attack on the street.

It turns out one of the vigilantes named Stuart (Keir O’Donnell) is really behind the assaults in an attempt to get near to a woman he met who was also in the vigilante group as well. He even tries to frame someone else for the attacks before the detectives uncover the truth.

Fans recently talked about the scene

On Reddit, a fan recently posted a video of Benson slapping the suspect. “I’m obsessed with the annoyed look on Liv’s fact while slapping a perp,” a fan wrote in the headline of the post.

One fan admits that they could watch this particular scene “over and over,” and some fans certainly will agree. “Lmao I could watch this over and over. I can’t stop,” the fan said.

Another thinks it seems like Benson is almost “smiling.” “It almost looks like she’s smiling, like she enjoyed giving that slap,” a fan pointed out.

While one fan says they watched the episode months back. “I lost my s*** laughing,” they said. “I put this scene on repeat at least 10 times because her reaction is just too hilarious!” a fan said.

Olivia Benson once slapped a suspect who turns out to be a copycat attacker. However, a masked vigilante stopped Andy from hurting the woman further, and the detectives eventually catch the man responsible for the sexual assaults in the area.