Law & Order: SVU is ripping from the headlines once again. It’s not exactly earth-shattering news. I’d be shocked if producers DIDN’T tackle the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal that’s rocked Hollywood and the world. The aftermath has opened a Pandora’s box of sexual assault/harassment allegations in various industries. You can’t go by a day without seeing a powerful individual being taken down for past transgressions.
“We are hitting Harvey Weinstein head-on, but it’s not in the realm of the entertainment business,” executive producer Michael Chernuchin tells EW exclusively. “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.”
Exactly what realm will the episode take place? In a rather surprising twist, the airline industry. “We were actually working on a story about airline pilots and what a boys club that is,” Chernuchin says. “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.”
Let’s hope this Weinstein-inspired episode doesn’t suffer the same fate as “Unstoppable” which revolved around a Donald Trump-like character. That episode was initially set to air before the US Presidential Election in 2016. It was then delayed to after the election, but when Trump ended up winning, it was scrapped. The showrunner suggested that the episode was no longer relevant in the wake of Trump’s election win.
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