Defamer Exclusive: What's Behind Mariska Hargitay's Hospitalization?

According to Access Hollywood, Mariska Hargitay has been hospitalized with a collapsed lung. A Defamer tipster who works on the set of Hargitay's Law & Order: SVU says there's more to the story.

We noticed yesterday night that the Golden Globe-nominated Hargitay didn't show up to the ceremony, and then this morning, our tipster told us that she'd been hospitalized with a collapsed lung while on vacation. Set scuttlebutt had it that the injury was incurred in a skiing accident where the actress collided with something, and that "her lung collapsed and they inflated it and then it collapsed again."

We checked hours ago with Hargitay's rep, Leslie Sloane Zelnick, who cagily denied there had been a skiing accident but refused to comment on allegations from our tipster that Hargitay was indeed hospitalized. Nice dodge, as TMZ is now reporting it was a sledding accident. According to our source, though, the actress is recuperating at the NYU Medical Center and may need surgery; meanwhile, shooting on SVU is being rearranged this week and cancelled for the next. Still, Zelnick insists to Access Hollywood that "she will appear in all episodes for the rest of the season of Law & Order: SVU."

Our best wishes to Hargitay. Developing...