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‘Precious’ Actress to Join ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Paula Pattons signs for a multi-episode stint this season

Paula Patton, best known for her role as Ms. Blu Rain in the Oscar-winning film "Precious," will play an assistant D.A. on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" this season

The multi-episode arc will begin on episode five.

"When I saw Paula Patton give that terrific performance in 'Precious,' I knew she'd be perfect for 'SVU's' new assistant district attorney," the show's executive producer Neal Baer said in a statement. "She's funny, warm and witty, with a penchant for justice."

Patton is currently filming the Sony theatrical "Jumping the Broom." "SVU" premieres Sept. 22 in its new time period, Wednesdays at 9 p.m.