Coleman will play an ex-sports star turned reporter who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good) in the episode, which will be titled “Spousal Privilege.” Despite photographic evidence of the abuse, the case becomes complicated when the couple tries to keep the charges under the radar.
I assume the story just might be inspired (even if partly) by the recent Ray Rice domestic violence incident, in which the now former Baltimore Ravens running back was suspended after video of him hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was made public.
Remarked “SVU” exec producer Leight, “Domestic violence, with a push from Mariska Hargitay’s NO MORE campaign (www.nomore.org), has recently sparked a long-needed national dialogue. ‘Spousal Privilege’ explores the personal and legal complexities of this intractable problem. We are thrilled that Chad and Meagan are joining us to take on this challenging episode.”
“Law & Order: SVU” airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
Executive producers for the series are Dick Wolf, Warren Leight, Julie Martin, Jonathan Starch and Peter Jankowski.