Hit show to take on Weinstein scandal

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has inspired an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal has inspired an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU.

HIT television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - known for its use of "ripped from the headlines" storylines - is using the Harvey Weinstein scandal as inspiration for an episode this season.

However, the story won't be set in the entertainment biz; it will instead 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 criminalise that sort of environment."

Olivia Benson from Law & Order: SVU.
Olivia Benson from Law & Order: SVU.

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.

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.

"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.

NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline in an interview tour that the episode "is probably never going to air."

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

This story originally appeared in NY Post and is republished here with permission.

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