Hit show to take on Weinstein scandal

Lawrence Kim
November 24, 2017

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

We will remind, after The New York Times published an investigation on the methods of work Harvey Weinstein (sex in exchange for movie role), the actress started complaining about sexual harassment and even rape on his part.

However, there's one woman out there who wants to shake things up a bit and has submitted a bid to buy the company in the hope of implementing a majority-women leadership.

But rather than focusing directly on sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood and the entertainment world, the impending Law & Order: SVU episode will explore the airline industry. Here's why that decision was made, according to executive producer Michael Chernuchin.

"We were actually working on a story about airline pilots and what a boys club that is".

"It's a real important episode about the rape culture in an industry, and we wanted to try stretch the law to criminalise that sort of environment".

This is the latest example of how SVU has tackled ripped-from-the-headlines story. This happened just past year, as SVU was set to air "Unstoppable, ' which starred Gary Cole as a Donald Trump-esque politician whose campaign was rocked by sexual assault allegations".

The episode is slotted to air later in the current season 19.

"Unstoppable" first was slated for October 12, then pushed to October 26 and then postponed until after the elections and slated for November 16, but it quietly was pulled after Trump won the election November 8. Knowing SVU, it'll probably end up being an actor that fans wouldn't immediately expect to portray a Weinstein-like figure.

Sounds like we're in for a bumpy flight when the episode airs next year.

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