Heather Graham stars on “Law & Order True Crime” as Judalon Smyth, the ex-girlfriend of the Menendez brothers’ therapist who went from key prosecution witness to testifying for the defense.
“It’s a really interesting case,” Graham said in an interview with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “You find out so many interesting details,” including about abuse of Lyle and Erik Menendez the brothers say happened at the hands of their own parents.
Smyth testified in 1993 that she was “brainwashed” by her then-boyfriend Dr. L. Jerome Oziel (played on the show by “The Good Wife” alum Josh Charles) when she went to the police to inform them that she had overheard the brothers confess to killing their parents. She also said Oziel pressured the brothers to discuss the killings during recorded sessions, tapes which became part of the prosecution’s case.
“The therapist was also a really dark character,” Graham said. “We had our own drama that went on, where he eventually gets his license taken away… I’m curious to see what people’s reaction will be.”
The Menendez brothers were eventually sentenced to life in prison without parole, a sentence producer Dick Wolf has previously said was too harsh.
“I think that that’s reflected in the scripts,” Graham said, voicing her own sympathy for Lyle and Erik. “They didn’t let them ever see each other again in person. They’re not allowed to talk to each other except through letters. I think that’s sad.”
“Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on NBC.