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Mariska Hargitay: Mischa Barton ‘Knocking It Out Of The Park On ‘SVU’’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Mariska Hargitay is closing the case on Mischa Barton rumors.

The “Law & Order: SVU” star called reports that the former “The Beautiful Life: TBL” was unprofessional while filming the NBC drama on Monday in New York “fiction.”

“She’s really knocking it out of the park on ‘SUV,’” Mariska told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson on the red carpet at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards in LA. “Her work has shined… Mischa did some very beautiful, touching work and quite frankly, blew me away.”

The star then turned to Access’ cameras, declaring, “The story is fiction!”

The New York Daily News’ Gatecrasher column previously claimed Mischa had “badly bombed” during filming of a guest spot as a prostitute on the NBC crime show.

Access Hollywood

Mariska Hargitay Defends Mischa

As you’ve all no doubt read, the tabloids have decided to write fictional stories about Mischa forgetting lines and not getting along with cast on Law & Order. If you follow the mischa-b Twitter page, you’ll have seen re-tweets that I’ve passed on from crew on the show dimissing these stories. And now Mariska Hargitay has come to Mischa’s defense:

Mariska Hargitay now with Shaun. She puts rumors to rest about Mischa Barton. She said the former “Beautiful Life” actress is “an amazing professional, lovely to work with. She does good work.” She looked to our camera and said, “This gossip is fiction!”
Access Hollywood

Additional Details on Mischa’s Law & Order Character

Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”) will play a pregnant prostitute who turns to Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) for help in a life-or-death decision (date TBA) in “Law & Order: SVU.”

The Futon Critic