"Law & Order" Actress Sues Manhattan Co-op Board Over "Death Trap"

S. Epatha Merkerson alleges the co-op managers turned off the ventilation to her gas stove without telling her in 2008

Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:23 AM EDT
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"Law & Order" actress S. Epatha Merkerson sued her building's co-op board.

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"Law & Order" actress S. Epatha Merkerson has filed a lawsuit against her Manhattan co-op board.      

Merkerson alleges the co-op managers turned off the ventilation to her gas stove without telling her in 2008. She claims that left her "in jeopardy of her life'' because the gases could have built up.      

The suit also alleges that the roof of the Riverside Drive co-op overlooking the Hudson River was in such bad repair she had to move out for a year.

She bought the apartment in 2002 for a reported $1.7 million.

The co-op board and manager, Midboro management, did not immediately return calls for comment.      

Merkerson played Lt. Anita Van Buren on the TV series for 16 years.

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