NBC Scraps Trump-Inspired Episode of ‘Law and Order: SVU’


NBC announced Friday that it will not air a politically-charged episode of Law & Order: SVU, which, as Variety reports, featured a character that closely resembled Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“The episode originally scheduled for October 26 has been postponed. It has not yet been assigned a new airdate,” a spokesperson for NBC said, according to CNN.

The network spokesman did not go into the specifics about what prompted its decision to pull the episode, which was to star Emmy-nominated actor Gary Cole.

The now-postponed episode, titled “Unstoppable,” sees a seasoned politician’s political aspirations go awry after several women go public with damaging accusations of sexual misconduct.

On Wednesday, NBC released a promotional video of the controversial episode.

“I’m a handsome, charming millionaire. Women throw themselves at me,” the politician, played by Cole, says in the promotional clip.

NBC announced the episode mere days after news broke about lewd remarks Trump made about women in a caught-on-tape conversation in 2005 with former Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush.Trump was heard making the comments in a now-infamous leaked tape.

Trump has since apologized for the comments and dismissed them as “locker room talk.”

According to Variety,  “NBC brass made the decision Friday afternoon amid the extraordinary atmosphere of at least four women coming forward with stories of groping or sexual assault against the Republican nominee for president.”

The report continued: “Trump has steadfastly denied each of the women’s accounts, accusing them of lying as part of a politically motivated effort to smear him in the final weeks of the fractious presidential race.”


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