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Breaking the Law

Feb. 8, 2003

Lee Tergesen was one of the five "Oz" cast members who hosted this special on MTV2. (The others were Dean Winters, Kirk Acevedo, Harold Perrineau and muMs.)

The special was taped at the Bronx House of Detention in Bronx, N.Y., and features the Oz guys citing the cases of rockers and rappers who have had run-ins with the law. Each of the hosts has snippets of screen time interspersed among footage of the music stars in question.

The show is more style than substance, of course, and spends most of the time showing videos of the alleged artists.

Here's the MTV hype promoting "Breaking the Law":

"The special offers a shopping list of crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by the rich and rocking. MTV2 presents the music and mayhem from those who have had run-ins with the law, including Ozzy Osbourne, R. Kelly, Eminem, Tommy Lee, Old Dirty Bastard from the Wu Tang Clan, Axl Rose, Bobby Brown, Snoop Dogg, George Michael, 50 Cent, P. Diddy and even Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. And those are just a few of the artists who got a little extra publicity for acts committed off the stage. The artists in the 'Breaking the Law' special may not be 100% guilty, but they represent the baddest of what MTV2 can offer."

Lee does have have a couple of fun moments. Notably, in the opening scene, he's wearing a T-shirt featuring "Oz" co-star (an on-screen love interest) Christopher Meloni.

Lee was asked what Meloni wrote on the shirt. Lee laughs and says, "It was a lot of gay stuff, like 'Iíll always be there for you,' and 'Wear this shirt with pride.' Thatís all I can really remember."


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Lee in Meloni shirt