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|“||Look what you did, you stupid bitch! It's all your fault! You're gonna pay for this! You're gonna pay for this, you can trust me on that!||„|
|~ Drew Lamerly threatening Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot.|
Andrew "Drew" Lamerly is the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Privilege". He is the scion of a wealthy, prominent family who rapes and abuses women, and murders his ex-girlfriend.
He was portrayed by Erik von Detten.
Drew is the son of Douglas and Grace Lamerly, and the heir to the Lamerly family fortune. His father was indifferent to him and his mother was an alcoholic who spent most of her time in and out of rehab facilities in Bermuda, so he was raised primarily by his paternal grandmother Candace Lamerly, a cold, cruel woman who believes that "real men" take what they want by force, particularly from women. She taught Drew to hit and sexually abuse women, and took him to a brothel when he was 13 and encouraged him to lose his virginity by raping a prostitute.
When Drew was 17, Candace bought him a "date" with prostitute Jenny White to his senior prom, where Drew is kicked out of the dance and expelled from his private school for sexually assaulting her. Candace uses her family's connections to make the incident go away, and sends Drew to Paris for six months, ostensibly to receive psychiatric treatment.
A few years later, Drew started dating college student Carmen Trancoso, who was into rough sex. While his rough treatment of her initially excited her, he eventually started hurting her without her consent, which reached a boiling point when he raped her. When Trancoso sued him for rape, he tried to smooth the situation over by inviting her to his family estate. When she refused to drop the lawsuit, however, he flew into a rage and pushed her off the balcony, killing her.
Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit are called in to investigate Trancoso's death because of the bruising found on her genitals, consistent with sexual assault. Drew shows up at the SVU precinct and tells Benson and Stabler that he broke up with Tracoso because she had become "intense", and that afterward she began stalking him before finally committing suicide.
When they talk to Trancoso's lawyer, however, they learn about her lawsuit against Drew, and begin to doubt his story. They then learn of the rape he committed, but White, who has left prostitution behind her and married, refuses to testify. SVU's crime lab, meanwhile, establishes that Trancoso was pushed off the roof, leading Benson and Stabler to believe that Drew killed her. Drew takes a polygraph test and admits to raping White, but denies killing Trancoso, and passes the test. He then accuses the Lamerly family's head of security, ex-cop Tom Paysen, of killing Trancoso.
Benson and Stabler finally catch a break when a rare material from one of Drew's jackets is found on Trancoso's body. They arrest Drew for murder, but his lawyer, Lorna Scarry, enters an insanity plea on his behalf, arguing that his father was abusive and raised him to hate and abuse women. In court, both Drew and Candace testify that Douglas regularly beat him and Grace, and that he forced Drew to beat and rape prostitutes.
Drew's defense falls apart after Benson and Stabler finally convince White to talk to them; she reveals that Candace, not Douglas, took Drew to the brothel where she worked. When Assistant District Attorney brings this up during the trial, Candace pretends to faint, and Drew finally shows his true colors by cursing Cabot and attempting to assault her, having to be literally dragged out of court. Drew is then found guilty of rape and murder, while Candace is arrested for perjury and hindering prosecution.