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“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” To Take On Harvey Weinstein Scandal

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” To Take On Harvey Weinstein Scandal

No big surprise here, but NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, known for its use of “ripped from the headlines” storylines, will use the Harvey Weinstein scandal as inspiration for an episode later this season. However, the episode won’t be set in the entertainment biz; it will focus on the airline industry.

Executive producer Michael Chernuchin told Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the Weinstein storyline, that the writers decided instead to explore the “boys club” of airline pilots. “It’s a real important episode about the rape culture in an industry,” he said, “and we wanted to try stretch the law to criminalize that sort of environment.”

SVU writers were already working on the storyline when the Weinstein scandal broke.

Law & Order: SVU also was planning an episode inspired by Donald Trump for last season, but it never aired.