law & order has enchanted audiences with his criminal intrigues since 1990. It’s no secret that real cases inspire the storylines in the TV series. And after a 12 year break law & order returned in 2022 with a bang. The first episode of season 21 drew parallels with the Bill Cosby sexual assault cases. But six years earlier, the show’s spin-off, Law and order: SVUalso took up the issue.
Law & Order: SVU introduced a Bill Cosby-esque character in 2016
Law and order: SVU released the episode “Star-Struck Victims” on February 24, 2016.
In the episode, Detective Amanda Rollins, played by Kelli Giddish, goes undercover to investigate a sex offender who repeatedly eludes the police. The suspect is a TV actor who keeps committing horrific crimes. But the public prosecutor’s office has to drop the case due to lack of evidence. This frustrates Rollins, who goes undercover to capture the predator.
The episode bears similarities to Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations, which first made headlines around the same time. When asked if Star-Struck Victims was based on Cosby, Giddish told E! Online: “Yes, a little.”
Law & Order aired its own Bill Cosby-influenced episode in 2022
The first episode of the long-awaited Season 21 of Law & Order aired on February 24, 2022. The Right Thing tells the story of a singer, Henry King (played by stage actor Norm Lewis). He is accused of raping 40 women and drugging many of them. He is found guilty of the crimes and sentenced to prison. However, he is serving less than three years because he was released due to a prior agreement with the prosecutor not to charge him with a crime. Ultimately, King is murdered by one of the women he raped. The witnesses, including his wife, side with the killer.
The King case is delicate – the murder victim is someone who has been a victim of harassment for decades. According to Vanity Fair, detective Kevin Bernard (played by Anthony Anderson) says, “Every victim deserves respect…even those who raped 40 women.” The other detectives and lawyers all approach the case in their own way, which makes it even more complicated.
The similarities between The Right Thing and Bill Cosby’s case are uncanny.
In 2018, Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 while she was a clerk at Temple University. More than 50 women have leveled allegations against the legendary comedian. In many of these cases, however, the statute of limitations for sex offenses makes it difficult to bring charges.
Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison in a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania for his conviction. He was released on June 30, 2021. A Pennsylvania court overturned his conviction based on a “non-prosecution agreement” with a former prosecutor, the New York Times reported.
It’s a hard pill to swallow when one of America’s most popular TV dads could have been a sexual predator.
‘SVU’ draws inspiration from real events
According to Screenrant, there are quite a few of them Law and order: SVU Episodes that draw on real cases. Here are some worth noting:
Season 2 Episode 4 (“Legacy”): This episode is based on the murder of 6 year old Elisa Izquierdo after her mother abused her physically, emotionally and mentally.
Season 2 Episode 5 (“Baby Killer”): This episode is based on the fatal shooting of 6-year-old Kayla Rolland at her elementary school in 2000. A classmate found a gun at a relative’s house and took it to school, where he accidentally shot Rolland.
Season 4 Episode 19 (“Appearances”): One of the most famous unsolved cases – the disappearance of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey – inspired this episode.
Season 4 Episode 1 (“Chameleon”): This episode is inspired by the case of Aileen Wuornos. Wuornos was a prostitute who killed seven men in 1989 and 1990. She claimed each case was self-defense.
Season 16 Episode 5 (“Glasgowman’s Wrath”): This CSR Episode based on the 2014 Slender Man stabbing case. Two 12-year-old girls lured another 12-year-old into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. She survived. The perpetrators said they were trying to placate the fictional character Slender Man.
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