Law and Order: SVU will address Harvey Weinstein sex scandal

via USA Network
via USA Network /

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit will be doing an episode based on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal.

I think it was only a matter of time before this happened!

According to many online new outlets such as ScreenRant, the news is official that Law and Order: Special Victims Unit will be addressing the infamous scandal which saw the fall of famed producer Harvey Weinstein. While names will obviously be a changed, an episode’s “case of the week” will be heavily inspired by the Weinstein story, letting us see how our SVU cast would handle such a high profile case.

There will be some other changes made as well, compared to the real life case it’s based on. Instead of taking place in Hollywood, it will be set in the airline industry. Producers say this decision is because the problem of sexual misconduct extends beyond Hollywood, and it’s similarly a “boys club” in the airline business as well. They felt they were able to tackle all of the Weinstein content with this airliner episode.

As of now, there’s no release date for the episode, though it’s said to be a part of the show’s current nineteenth season. We won’t be getting it before the end of the year but likely in the first quarter of 2018. That is, of course, unless NBC decides to not air the episode, fearing controversy. We’ll see.

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Law and Order: Special Victims Unit airs Wednesday nights at 9 PM EST on NBC.