Law & Order: SVU’ Star Ice-T Defends Co-Star From Online Backlash

by Suzanne Halliburton

Count Ice-T as another Law & Order: SVU star who believes some fans took the Stabler-Benson letter way too far.

Ice-T, who has portrayed Fin for the past 21 years, quote tweeted a link to an article written by his former co-star, Isabel Gillies (Kathy Stabler).

He said: “A lotta SVU Fans are takin this shit too far… Ya think? I do. Smh”

Ice-T wasn’t the only Law & Order: SVU star to stand up for Gillies. Mariska Hargitay tweeted “I’m so sorry that you had to go through any of this sweet Isabel. #WordsMatter #Think.”

Christopher Meloni was married to Gillies on the show. He also retweeted Gillies’ column, adding “I love my wife” 

So what happened to Gillies, who played Elliot Stabler’s wife for 32 episodes? Like Ice-T, it has most of us shaking our heads, too. Some crazed Law & Order: SVU fans couldn’t separate Gillies from her character, who isn’t even alive on the show anymore.

Gillies described the backlash against her character in a Substack column.

Gillies wrote: “I don’t watch ‘Law & Order.’ And while I love Mariska and Chris, if their characters were falling for each other or not wasn’t my concern. Once they buried me, I continued on my life as Isabel Gillies, mom, wife, mahjong player.”

She also added: “And even though Kathy Stabler has departed from this earth, she’s still smack in the middle of it. And there was this letter which to this day, I still don’t know what the heck was in it — truth — I don’t care.”

Last Thursday, the Law & Order shows hyped a key scene. Meloni and Hargitay finally would talk about their feelings for each other. They’re a couple of hardcore detectives, but the two were partners for 12 years, too. They had great chemistry. But on SVU, Stabler was married with kids, so nothing ever happened.

Meloni left Law & Order: SVU a decade after a contract dispute with NBC. That meant Gillies left, too. But both were brought back last spring in a crossover episode. Law & Order: SVU helped introduce Meloni’s Law & Order: Organized Crime. Benson and Stabler, on the show, hadn’t spoken to each other in 10 years. But Stabler, who’d been in Rome, was invited back to NYC as part of an awards presentation for Benson. And for the presentation, he wrote a letter to his former partner. He gave Benson the letter in the April 1 episode after Kathy died from injuries she sustained in a car bombing.

Last Thursday, the two characters finally talked about the letter. But it turns out that Kathy dictated the letter, which basically said what the two felt wasn’t real. However, Stabler did write that in a parallel universe, the two would be a couple.

If you adored the idea of Stabler and Benson ever getting together, you hated the news that Kathy dictated the letter.

Gillies said she woke up the day after the episode to find her Twitter timeline littered with insults. She started crying after reading some of the comments, which she described in her column.

And she asked people to THINK before they post. “Is it thoughtful? Is it honest? (And) Is it interesting, is it necessary, is it kind?”

Even those who don’t watch Law & Order: SVU can appreciate THINK. We all should.