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The Real
Reason Dean
Winters Left
Law & Order:
SVU

By DEEPAYAN SENGUPTA

Dean Winters is known for his work on the police procedural "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." As one of the show's original cast members, it was a stunning turn of events when his character Detective Brian Cassidy decided to leave the squad.

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Unfortunately, Winters’ contract with HBO was the source of the issue that ultimately led to his departure from "Law & Order: SVU." In an interview with The A.V. Club, Winters said, "I was on the show for the first season, but then I had to leave because I had a contract with HBO, and there was a bit of a dispute."

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Winters left the show on such good terms, however, that the cast was able to advocate for his return. He appeared in a total of 18 additional episodes, with his last appearance to date coming in the 16th episode of Season 20, titled "Facing Demons."

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