NBC’s Law Order: Special Victims Unit is already well known for looking to real life for inspiration for their stories, and now it’s been revealed that one of the biggest headlines of the year, the Harvey Weinstein scandal, will be the focus of an upcoming episode of the hit series.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the series writers were working on a storyline for the upcoming episode even before the Weinstien story broke, but afterwards the took aspects of it for their script. “We are hitting Harvey Weinstein head-on, but it’s not in the realm of the entertainment business,” executive producer Michael Chernuchin told EW. “It’s a real important episode about the rape culture in an industry, and we wanted to try stretch the law to criminalize that sort of environment.” Chernichin went on to say that “We were actually working on a story about airline pilots and what a boys club that is. We were beating the story out and said, ‘Wow, this is exactly what the actresses go through in Hollywood. It’s the same environment.’ So we got all of our Harvey stuff out with airline pilots.”
This isn’t the first time Law Order: Special Victims Unit made headlines for their stories. Last season they planned on made an episode inspired by Donald Trump, about a wealthy man running for President who finds his plans dashed after being accused of rape. The episode was pushed a couple of times from the schedule, until it was removed altogether after Trump was elected.
Law Order: Special Victims Unit airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on NBC.