In an episode titled "Patrimonial Burden," airing Nov. 4, the SVU squad investigates "an unraveling web of secrets" about a famous reality TV family of 10 children, following the discovery that one of the family's virtuous kids is pregnant at age 13.
While the season 17 episode will of course have its own twists, it's also clearly inspired by the stars of the 19 Kids and Counting reality TV series, which was canceled earlier this year by TLC following reports that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's eldest son, Josh, had molested five girls, four of whom were his younger sisters, as a teenager.
Ever since the show ended, the Duggar family has been at the center of a lot of public attention, as more controversy continues to surround Josh. In addition to the molestation allegations, ET previously reported that the 27-year-old confessed in a statement that he was unfaithful to his wife, Anna, using two accounts on the hacked Ashley Madison extramarital affairs site. He also admitted that he had become addicted to "viewing pornography on the Internet."
In more recent Duggar news, ET reported on Thursday that a group of five women have filed a lawsuit against the Institute in Basic Life Principles, a Christian ministry based in Oak Brook, Illinois, that Jim Bob and Michelle were frequently linked to, claiming that the religious organization and its leadership covered up allegations of sexual abuse and harassment made by participants in the ministry's various programs.