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NBC police procedural Law & Order: SVU has set the cast for an upcoming episode reportedly inspired by the real-life saga of the sexual harassment rumors and accusations surrounding former Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the “ripped from the headlines”-styled episode will be titled “The Newsroom,” with actors Christopher McDonald, Bonnie Somerville and Mark Moses set for key roles.
The episode — set to air April 26 — follows a female news anchor who accuses her network boss of rape. The episode synopsis describes series stars, Mariska Hargitay and Raúl Esparza, investigating the “on-air disclosure of rape” against the TV network boss:
“Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Barba (Raúl Esparza) ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line after a news anchor (Somerville) makes an on-air disclosure of rape against her boss,” the synopsis reads. The story comes on the heels of over a year of accusations and lawsuits aimed at Fox News chief Ailes by several on-air talents.