“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” Season 18 will still be airing a Donald Trump episode, but it won’t happen until after the 2016 presidential election.
It was previously revealed that a “Law & Order: SVU” Season 18 episode starring a Trump-like character was initially scheduled to air on Oct. 12, but with the 2016 election coming up, it underwent extra scrutiny from NBC. The episode's air date was then moved to Oct. 26. However, a new report by Variety confirmed that NBC has decided to postpone the Trump-inspired episode until after the Nov. 8 election.
Last week, NBC confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that “Law & Order: SVU” Season 18 will have an episode inspired by the controversial presidential candidate. The episode, titled “Unstoppable,” will feature a Trump-esque character (to be played by Gary Cole) whose political campaign “goes haywire when several women go public with damaging accusations.”
NBC reportedly decided to push the “Law & Order: SVU” Season 18 episode “amid the extraordinary atmosphere of at least four women coming forward with stories of groping or sexual assault” against Trump. The Republican nominee has since denied all allegations.
Earlier this month, a 2005 audio recording of Trump making lewd remarks about women to Billy Bush, who was the anchor of “Access Hollywood” at the time. “You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” the GOP nominee can be heard saying in the recording. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” When asked to comment on his remarks, the presidential candidate dismissed the statements he made as “locker room” talk.
Following the release of the recording, several women came forward accusing Trump of sexual misconduct. Among them was “The Apprentice” Season 5 candidate Summer Zervos, who said in a press conference on Oct. 14 that the Republican nominee abused his position as a potential boss in an attempt to have sex with her in 2007. “He grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again aggressively and placed his hand on my breast,” she revealed, according to ABC News.
On Oct. 15, Trump posted a tweet denying the allegations, saying, “100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX!”
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“Law & Order: SVU” Season 18 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.