Sep. 20, 1999
Returning Series
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 18x16 The Newsroom

18x16 The Newsroom

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First Aired: Apr. 26, 2017 on NBC
Summary: Benson and Barba ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line after a news anchor makes an on-air disclosure of rape against her boss.

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Series Main Characters


Guest Stars

Olivia Benson played by Mariska Hargitay
Amanda Rollins played by Kelli Giddish
Odafin Tutuola played by Ice-T
Dominick Carisi Jr. played by Peter Scanavino
Rafael Barba played by Raúl Esparza
Harold Coyle played by Christopher McDonald
Heidi Sorenson played by Bonnie Somerville
George Thanos played by Mark Moses

Episode Quotes

Odafin Tutuola: Coyle is a bad guy, George.
George Thanos: Why didn't Alana tell me?
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Well, maybe she thought you wouldn't believe her. Maybe she thought you wouldn't back her up.
Odafin Tutuola: Like Heidi.
George Thanos: Heidi and I have been behind a news desk, in the foxhole, for seven years. Nobody has her back more than I do.
Odafin Tutuola: Then act like it. Testify that you saw how upset she was after the rape. We need someone to back her story up.
George Thanos: I want to, I do. But I can't.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: George, you said you had a daughter, right? Well, she must have heard about this on the news. She hasn't asked you what you know? What you're doing about it?
George Thanos: This is a kamikaze career move.
Odafin Tutuola: Think of it like this: you'll go down as a hero.
Olivia Benson: If we want to take it to court, you need more for the jury. So, Heidi, did you tell anyone about the assault? Send a text? Send an e-mail?
Heidi Sorenson: No. Margery was the one person I confided in.
Olivia Benson: Look, I know that you want to go after Coyle criminally, but... but the fact is you may have more leverage pursuing a civil case.

Heidi Sorenson: This isn't about money.
Olivia Benson: Do you know a Gwendolyn Gates?
Heidi Sorenson: Yeah, she was an anchor at "HNT" ten years ago.
Olivia Benson: She's on her way to our squad room. She says that Harold Coyle assaulted her, too.
Steven Turner: If you're here about Heidi, your lieutenant already knows there's nothing to talk about. And I'm sorry, but I'm late for a meeting.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Actually, we're here about Amy James.
Steven Turner: Amy James.
Odafin Tutuola: Yeah, she worked here a few years ago. She killed herself.
Steven Turner: I did hear about that. A tragedy.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Yeah. Did you also hear she accused Harold Coyle of assault, just like Heidi?
Steven Turner: Maybe you should talk to our lawyers.
Odafin Tutuola: Good. We can ask them to turn over the video tapes of Amy. The tapes Coyle was blackmailing her with.
Steven Turner: I think you're off base here.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: We have two allegations of assault. Now, a publicist who's mentally unstable, she's easy to discredit, but the star of the network? Not so much.


  • This episode was inspired by the Roger Ailes scandal.
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