‘Law & Order: SVU’: Remember When Benson Investigated a Reality Show That Was Just Like ‘The Bachelor’?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mariska Hargitay getting out of a car

Law & Order: SVU usually takes inspiration for its tales from the day’s headlines. Among the crimes and scandals which were the premise for episodes of the long-running NBC collection are the homicide of JonBenet Ramsey, the case towards Casey Anthony, and the demise of Anna Nicole Smith. The present even broadcast an episode with a household that resembled the Duggars. 

But in a single case, an SVU episode appeared to foretell a scandal fairly than cowl it after the actual fact. In this case, it concerned a actuality TV present that had greater than a passing similarity to The Bachelor

A ‘Law & Order: SVU’ episode featured a present that was rather a lot like ‘The Bachelor’ 

Mariska Hargitay getting out of a car
Mariska Hargitay on the set of Law and Order: SVU | Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

In the SVU Season 17 episode “Assaulting Reality,” Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the remainder of the particular victims squad examine a rape that occured on the set of the fictional actuality TV present referred to as Heart’s Desire. 

Like The Bachelor, Heart’s Desire options single girls competing for the eye of eligible males. (Though on this present, there are additionally a number of male contestants.) After an evening of ingesting, a girl named Melanie goes to the Dream Suite with Ryan. During a reside broadcast the subsequent day, everybody sees footage of the 2 having intercourse. Melanie is horrified, declaring that she doesn’t keep in mind the incident after which asking if she was raped. 

Benson and the group head to the set to research, the place they’re stonewalled by the present’s producers. Eventually, we study that Melanie was raped by a unique contestant. After the assault, the folks working the present tried to cowl up the crime. They even try and make SVU’s investigation a part of the storyline for an upcoming episode.

The ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ incident

Corinne Olympios | Bob D’Amico by way of Getty Images

“Assaulting Reality” was a few fictional Bachelor-esque present. But life sadly appeared to mimic artwork a 12 months later, when an alleged sexual assault shut down manufacturing of Bachelor in Paradise

In June 2017, manufacturing on the fourth season of The Bachelor spin-off was suspended after a producer raised considerations a few troubling encounter between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Olympios could have been too drunk to consent when the sexual encounter between the 2 occurred. The grievance triggered an investigation by Warner Bros.

Like Melanie within the SVU episode, Olympios didn’t recall a lot concerning the occasions of the night time. 

“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened the night of June 4,” she stated in an announcement. “Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production. As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality.”

Jackson denied that he had assaulted Olympios. “It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations,” he instructed E! News in an announcement.

Warner Bros. ultimately concluded that no misconduct occurred and manufacturing on the season resumed with out Olympios and Jackson. 

Chris Harrison thought ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ won’t survive the scandal

In the SVU episode, the present’s producers ultimately face penalties for making an attempt to cowl up against the law. But “I assure you Heart’s Desire will go on,” as one character says. As for BIP, it appeared for a time that the scandal may kill the present. But that didn’t occur. 

“There definitely was a time I thought that the show might not come back,” host Chris Harrison instructed Entertainment Tonight. But the present made some adjustments and was in a position to climate the disaster. “Luckily, we have some great people at the helm and we dove in, myself included, got our hands dirty and fixed it and solved the problem and everybody came back,” he stated.  

How to get assist: In the U.S., name the RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to attach with a educated workers member from a sexual assault service supplier in your space.

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