A television show that had re-created the Occupy Wall Street camp in New York apparently to film an episode did not have a required permit to set up before shooting began Friday morning and was asked to stop the crew's preparations for safety reasons, the mayor's office said.
Dozens of Occupy protesters converged overnight Thursday on Foley Square -- not far from their original camp, Zuccotti Park -- to check out the reproduction of their camp -- which they dubbed "Mockupy" or "Fauxcotti" -- made for a “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode.
“Overnight a crowd gathered at Foley Square, where ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ was scheduled to begin filming this morning. The production did not have the required rigging permit to begin set up prior to its filming this morning at 8am. For safety reasons, the production was asked to stop their preparations last night while the crowd dispersed. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is working with the production as they film today," the office said in a statement.
The long-running crime series often films in New York and touts its episodes as ripped from the headlines. Sharon Pannozzo, publicity director of East Coast Entertainment for NBC, said the company would not comment at this time on the incident. (The television show airs on NBC. Msnbc.com is a joint venture of NBC Universal and Microsoft).
Protesters had gathered at Foley Square close to midnight and appeared to disperse a few hours later when it appeared that a production crew was breaking down the set and protesters said they were told by police they had to leave or face possible arrest.
A police spokesman said there were no arrests or incidents at Foley Square.
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