It was only a matter of time before Law & Order: SVU ripped from the Ray Rice headlines for an episode.
In the episode, Coleman will play a former sports star-turned-reporter who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good). Despite photographic evidence of the abuse, the case becomes complicated for the SVU when the couple tries to keep the charges hidden. The episode, titled "Spousal Privilege," will air Nov. 19.
"Domestic violence, with a push from Mariska Hargitay's NO MORE campaign (www.nomore.org), has recently sparked a long-needed national dialogue," SVU showrunner Warren Leight said in a statement. "'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."
The NFL has been under fire for more than a month after TMZ.com posted a video of now-former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer twice in an Atlantic City casino elevator and then dragging her seemingly unconscious body out of the elevator. Since then, Rice has been released from the Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL. However, questions have persisted about whether the NFL had seen the full tape, which is from an incident in February, earlier and tried to turn a blind eye to the abuse.
Hargitay, SVU's longtime star, recently shot a new series of NO MORE ads with NFL stars including New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. The spots will premiere Thursday during Thursday Night Football.
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
Chicago Fire's David Eigenberg gives us a tour of the set: