‘Law & Order: SVU’ Season 17, Episode 16 Promo: Rapist TV Star Released – Unexpected Duggar Twist?

Law & Order: SVU season 17, episode 16 is titled “Star-Struck Victims.” NBC released the synopsis for the upcoming L&O episode, but nothing everything is as it seems. The press release for “Star-Struck Victims” states that a “beloved TV star” is accused of rape. However, a promo for Law & Order: SVU Season 17, Episode 16 reveals that there could be an unexpected twist. Is this “ripped from the headlines” storyline really about a rapist television actor? Or is the victim the guilty one? Those in charge promise viewers that Wednesday’s episode has a twist that nobody will see coming.

The description of Law & Order: SVU Season 17, Episode 16 sounds familiar. In the past, there have been several actors accused of sexual crimes. Recently, Josh Duggar was accused by porn star Danica Dillon (whose real name is Ashley Stamm-Northup.) The case never went to criminal trial, but the adult entertainer did sue the 19 Kids and Counting star. However, the public was stunned when Dillon withdrew the case. According to People magazine, Danica Dillon had to admit she wrongfully accused Josh Duggar of sexual assault on social media. Making people even more confused was when Dillon later sent a cryptic tweet implying she didn’t lie about the alleged attacks.

Is Law & Order: SVU Season 17, Episode 16 based on Josh Duggar and Danica Dillon? Does the dramatic twist in “Star-Struck Victims” have to do with a social media agreement similar to Dillon’s? Viewers will have to wait until Wednesday night to find out. However, the synopsis and a promo for the upcoming episode reveal clues. Even though Josh and Danica never had a criminal case, the “victim” in the promo clip resembles Dillon a bit. Her shaky voice also seems similar to the way Danica described the alleged assaults in some interviews. Not to mention Josh Duggar was a “beloved TV actor,” known for 19 Kids and Counting. At least, until his sex scandals made headlines last year.

“When a lack of evidence leads [Rafael] Barba to drop rape charges against a popular actor,” Spoilers Guide wrote of the “Star-Struck Victims” synopsis, “[Amanda] Rollins takes matters into her own hands.”

Amanda Rollins has been getting featured quite a bit on Law & Order: SVU this season. On Episode 14, convicted murderer Yates specifically asked for Rollins to visit him in prison prior to his escape. On last week’s episode, titled “Collateral Damages,” she befriended a suspect, using a police academy student to play her “niece” to catch him in the act. On season 17, episode 16, Amanda is going to take matters in her own hands when a TV star is released due to lack of evidence.

As for Wednesday’s episode of Law & Order: SVU, a promo for Season 17, Episode 16 has been released. In the clip, a man is seen getting it on with an unidentified woman. Then, a young brunette says with a shaky voice that she was raped. She certainly sounds convincing, but not everyone believes the “beloved TV star” is guilty. As mentioned in the promo for “Star-Struck Victims,” some people see dollar signs when thinking of a celebrity. This case is going to have an unexpected twist that nobody sees coming. This much has been teased on the Law & Order: SVU Facebook page, Twitter account and the promo clip. Toward the end of the video, the victim asks Olivia Benson if she doesn’t believe her with a trembling voice.

What is the unexpected twist in “Star-Struck Victims?” Since the title is plural, does that mean there are more victims in Law & Order: SVU Season 17, Episode 16? How far will Amanda Rollins go after Rafael Barba says there isn’t enough evidence? What is the truth in this headline-ripping storyline? Find out when this episode of L&O airs February 24 on NBC.

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