‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Christopher Meloni Defends His TV Wife From Online Bullies

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Law & Order: Organized Crime star Christopher Meloni predicted fans would “riot” when show writers unveiled the backstory behind the letter.

But he probably didn’t envision this craziness. Fans of two TV characters were so upset that the pair didn’t get together that they attacked the actress who played the wife. And to top it all off, the wife died on the show.

Got all that?

In this case, the letter refers to what Meloni’s Elliot Stabler penned to Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson, the two long-time partners who stopped working together in 2011. The letter was meant to explain what happened. It basically was using as a story-telling device as Law & Order: Organized Crime writers needed to explain why Stabler was back.

For months, fans obsessed over what was in the letter. Then last Thursday, Law & Order: Organized Crime revealed that Stabler’s now dead wife dictated what was in the letter, which basically said Stabler and Benson never were right for each other.

So now, those upset fans are going after Isabel Gillies, who portrayed Kathy on the show, with threats on social media.

Via Twitter, Meloni offered his support for his TV wife.

He wrote “I love my wife” as he quoted tweeted Gillies, who shared a Substack column about the social media abuse.

One ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Fan Told Gillies ‘To Burn In Hell’

The abuse Gillies experienced is just another example of the ugliness happening on social media, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any of the spinoffs.

In her column, Gillies wrote: “Gliding over links and threads, memes and emojis, I started, well, crying. KATHY STABLER IS BURNING IN THE DEEPEST PART OF HELL.’ Scroll, scroll…’YOU DESERVE TO BLOW UP!’ Scroll, scroll…’Good morning to absolutely everyone except Kathy Stabler’s ghost.’ Scroll, scroll… ‘This girl is the nastiest, skank bitch I’ve ever met!’ Met? I’m sorry, have we met?”

Since 1999, Gillies portrayed Kathy Stabler in 32 episodes of Law & Order: SVU. And she was in the series premiere of Law & Order: Organized Crime, April 1. That’s when she died of the injuries she suffered in a car wreck.

Isabel Gillies (L) and Mariska Hargitay (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)

And in real life, Meloni isn’t married to Gillies nor is he in a relationship with Hargitay. It’s all make-believe. Meloni and wife, Sherman Williams, have been married since 1995, long before Stabler became a thing.

Last week’s two-hour episode of Law & Order: Organized Crime did its big letter reveal at the midpoint of the show. Stabler, who is undercover, investigating the Albanian mob, was drugged as he was having dinner. He carried on without blowing his cover, then stumbled out of the restaurant. Somehow, he made it to Benson’s apartment.

Stabler told Benson they needed to talk — the two hadn’t discussed the letter since he handed it to her last season. Benson had read it. In fact, she started quoting it. Stabler confessed that Kathy dictated it before they left Rome for NYC. So it was Kathy who came up with the relationship “was never real and that we got in the way of each other being who and where we needed to be.”

Then Benson started another line “In a parallel universe,” then Stabler finished it the sentence. “It’ll always be you and I. I wrote that.”