In one of those “ripped from the headlines” storylines, the Harvey Weinstein scandal will be getting the “Law & Order: SVU” treatment. Entertainment Weekly reports that the Weinstein case is the inspiration for an episode of the NBC drama series expected to air later this season.
But the episode won’t be set in Hollywood. Rather, it will focus on the airline industry.
Executive producer Michael Chernuchin told the publication: “We are hitting Harvey Weinstein head-on, but it’s not in the realm of the entertainment business. It’s a real important episode about the rape culture in an industry, and we wanted to try [to] stretch the law to criminalize that sort of environment.”
The report notes that writers on “SVU” had already been at work on the episode when the Weinstein scandal broke.
Said Chernuchin: “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.”