Josh Duggar Scandals May Get The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Treatment, Peter Scanavino Isn’t Happy About It

Treva Bowdoin - Author

Sep. 23 2015, Updated 3:04 a.m. ET

Josh Duggar’s career as a conservative Christian darling is kaput, and his family’s reality show has been cancelled. However, because Josh and the rest of the Duggar family continue to make headlines, they’ve attracted the attention of the Law & Order: SVU writers. According to a recent report, there’s a good chance that the show will tackle Josh’s scandals sometime this season.

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Many Law & Order: SVU storylines are ripped from the headlines, and Josh Duggar’s multiple scandals were big news this year. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the Duggar family lost their TLC reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, after it was revealed that Josh had molested four of his younger sisters and another girl. A few months later, Josh Duggar confessed to cheating on his wife, and he claimed that he was suffering from an addiction to internet pornography. He is currently seeking treatment in a faith-based rehab center.

However, according to E! News, it’s Josh Duggar’s connection to the Ashley Madison hack that has made his story so attractive to the SVU writers. SVU Actor Raúl Esparza said that he doesn’t see how “the writers room will stay away from it,” and producer Warren Leight joked that it’s been “a wonderful summer for the SVU writers room” while talking about the Ashley Madison hack.

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Earlier this summer, hackers released the account information of millions of men and women who were using the Ashley Madison website to arrange extramarital affairs, and Josh Duggar was the first celebrity whose name was found on the list of hacking victims. The anti-gay marriage activist who used to work for the Family Research Council confessed to cheating on his wife and being the “biggest hypocrite ever” after Gawker broke the news that he had two Ashley Madison accounts.

One Law & Order: SVU star isn’t looking forward to working on future episodes inspired by the Josh Duggar scandals. Actor Peter Scanavino told E! News that he hopes that the writers will only spend one episode on the story if they do decide to tackle the topic.

“With the Duggar one, it was like the double-whammy because it was his sisters and the fact—I mean, honestly, I feel like we’re dealing with some topics this season that feel a bit meatier than some lunatic fringe family,” Scanavino said. “I wouldn’t mind doing one just because I have never been so infuriated with someone’s level of hypocrisy, and lying, and then displacement of responsibility onto something else.”

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“When I think about that guy, it boils my blood, I will say.”

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According to Flavorwire, past Law & Order: SVU episodes featuring “ripped from the headlines” storylines have been inspired by the kidnapping and rape of Elizabeth Smart, the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, and the death of toddler Caylee Anthony. Celebrities like Chris Brown, Paula Deen, and Tom Cruise have also greatly aided the SVU writers by behaving badly.

Interestingly, the Duggars wouldn’t be the first TLC reality show stars to inspire a Law & Order storyline. Law & Order: The Colon-Free Original Recipe featured an episode titled “Reality Bites” that was loosely based on Jon & Kate Plus 8 stars Jon and Kate Gosselin. Jim Gaffigan played the star of a reality show titled Larry Plus Ten.

Do you think the Josh Duggar scandals would make an excellent basis for an SVU episode, or are you sick of hearing about the former 19 Kids and Counting star and his family?

[Image via 19 Kids and Counting Facebook]


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