Law & Order: SVU to tackle Harvey Weinstein scandal

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Law & Order: SVU executive producer Michael Chernuchin told EW, "We are hitting Harvey Weinstein head-on, but it's not in the realm of the entertainment business".

However, the episode won't be set in the entertainment biz; it will focus on the airline industry. "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". Because writers on the Dick Wolf procedural were already working on the episode before the Weinstein scandal broke and opened a dialogue on sexual harassment in the workplace.

In true-to-its-roots fashion, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is set to continue its trend of taking real-life headlines and turning them into episode storylines later this season. "We were actually working on a story about airline pilots and what a boys club that is", Chernuchin says.

In the "Unstoppable" episode, the Trump-esque character, played by Gary Cole, is a wealthy and boorish man who makes a run for the White House, but his plan might be thwarted by a woman who accuses him of raping her.

Mariska Hargitay Law & Order Special Victims Unit
Mariska Hargitay Law & Order Special Victims Unit

The episode is slated to air sometime in 2018.

The series also was prepping an episode inspired by the Roger Ailes-Gretchen Carlson sexual harassment scandal at Fox News.

A producer from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has revealed that the show will explore the circumstances that fed into such a cycle of victimization and sexual violence through the lens of another national powerhouse: the airline industry.