‘SVU’ mess: Did ex-star really call Mariska Hargitay, other cast mates — except Ice-T — ‘awful people?’

Former "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Diane Neal is in the midst of a nasty legal battle with her ex-boyfriend, with a lot of back-and-forth allegations about threats, verbal abuse and worse.

The battle also has turned out to be causing some serious collateral damage, including to fans of the long-running NBC crime drama who like to believe the best about their favorite stars, according to Page Six. 

Neal, who played Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on "SVU" for 11 years, allegedly called Mariska Hargitay a "total bitch," Page Six reported, citing court documents. She also said her other co-stars were "awful people" and thought the only pleasant person on the set was Ice-T, the documents show.

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