'Menendez Murders': Abuse Allegations Take Center Stage at Trial (Exclusive Video)

Edie Falco's Leslie Abramson lays out her defense in this exclusive video from Tuesday's episode of the NBC anthology.
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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders is halfway over, but Edie Falco's Leslie Abramson is only just getting started.

In Tuesday's episode of the NBC anthology, Abramson lays out her defense in the opening statements of the Menendez brothers' trial and The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive first look.

In the video, Abramson doesn't beat around the bush about whether or not Eric and his brother Lyle murdered their parents Jose and Kitty Menendez in August 1989.

"Eric will tell you why he killed his parents," she says. "Eric was the abused son of wealthy parents. He killed his parents because he could no longer endure the abuse and had to stop it."

And she doesn't stop there.

The claim is one jurors and the general public were reluctant to believe at the time. However, the producers behind the series, most notably Dick Wolf, have been vocal about their belief that the Menendez brothers were not only abused by their father, but sexually abused as well. Because of that, Wolf has said he believes the brothers were sentenced too harshly. They are each currently serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Check out the exclusive video below:

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.