The NBC drama series had erected tents and signs for an Occupy-themed episode set in Foley Square, but protesters congregated just after midnight to disrupt the production.
Occupy organiser Drew Hornbein said that the demonstrators wanted no part of a fictional version of their struggle, telling New York Daily News: "We are not part of corporate TV America."
Close to 100 police officers soon arrived to announce that New York City had rescinded Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's film permit and the set was soon dismantled.
Officers on the scene then dispersed the gathered crowd without any major incidents.
The Dark Knight Rises production was scheduled to shoot some scenes at Occupy Wall Street protests earlier this year, but director Christopher Nolan apparently pulled the plug so as not to distract from the movement's message.
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