Law & Order and its various spinoffs have always followed a “ripped from the headlines”; approach to generating storylines, and an upcoming plot on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will tackle the NFL violence scandal that erupted after security-camera footage was released of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his wife with a punch to the head inside a casino elevator. The incident placed the NFL on the hot seat, with accusations that NFL officials knew of the tape but turned a blind eye.
As reported by TV Guide, producers have tapped actor Chad Coleman (who plays The Walking Dead“s Tyreese) to guest star as a famous football star, now a TV sports reporter, who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Meagan Good, Think Like a Man). Like the Ray Rice incident, evidence of the abuse is filmed and made public, but SVU’s investigation becomes complicated when the couple try to keep the charges hidden. The episode, titled “Spousal Privilege,”; is slated to air on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
“Domestic violence, with a push from Mariska Hargitay’s NO MORE campaign (www.nomore.org), has recently sparked a long-needed national dialogue,”; said SVU showrunner Warren Leight in a statement. “”Spousal Privilege’ explores the personal and legal complexities of this intractable problem. We are thrilled that Chad and Meagan are joining us to take on this challenging episode.”;
The issue of domestic violence is very close to the heart of SVU star Mariska Hargitay, whose Joyful Heart Foundation has enlisted the assistance of celebrities to speak out about domestic violence and sexual abuse in a series of NO MORE public service announcements. Mariska recently filmed a series of PSAs with NFL players alongside NFL stars including Eli Manning and Antonio Gates, which are scheduled to air during upcoming broadcasts of NBC’s Thursday Night Football.