NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: Demore Barnes, Anna Wood and Mariska Hargitay are seen on the set of "Law and Order: SVU" on April 07, 2021 in New York City.  (Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TV - Movies
Law & Order: SVU
Episodes Inspired
By Real Crimes

Season 15’s "Reasonable Doubt" fictionalized the abuse case against Hollywood director Woody Allen when he was accused of abusing his then 7-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan, in 1992. The episode revolves around TV director Frank Maddox whose domineering on-set personality spills over into his personal relationships.

"Reasonable Doubt"
In February 2014, footage of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice went viral as he appears to punch his then-fianceé Janay Palmer and drag her unconscious body from the elevator of an Atlantic City casino. The Season 16 "SVU" episode "Spousal Privilege," was based on this very incident.
"Spousal Privilege"
In Season 21 of "SVU," the show aired two episodes that fictionalized Jeffrey Epstein’s story. "Can't Be Held Accountable," shows a young girl being manipulated and assaulted by a New York millionaire named Steve Getz who grooms her to become a sex worker at his upscale parties.
"Can't Be Held Accountable"