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Mariska Hargitay Advocates for Sexual Assault Survivors During DNC 2020 Speech - Watch Now

Mariska Hargitay has an important message to share while speaking at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The 56-year-old Law & Order: SVU actress made gave a virtual speech during the event on Wednesday (August 19) where she advocated for sexual assault survivors.

“When I started doing research to play Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU over 20 years ago, I was shocked to find out how many people, including children, experience physical or sexual abuse,” Mariska shared. “The statistics fueled my resolve, and I committed myself to the movement to end this violence.”

Mariska spoke alongside the CEO and President of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Ruth Glenn, who is urging Congress to “reauthorize and enhance” the Violence Against Women Act, which then-Senator Joe Biden wrote and introduced in 1990.

In 2004, Mariska started the Joyful Heart Foundation, which aims to educate and empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

“I created the Joyful Heart Foundation to help survivors heal, and to change the way our society responds to sexual violence,” Mariska said. “The vice president has worked tirelessly by our side to end the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits. And our work will continue because testing kits not only makes our country safer, but it sends a vital message to survivors that what happened to them matters.”

You can check out our coverage of the 2020 DNC here.

Mariska Hargitay & Christopher Meloni Reunite Over The Weeknd & Snap Selfie For 'Law & Order' Fans

Benson and Stabler are back together again!

Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni reunited over the weekend and snapped a pic for Law & Order fans.

Sharing the image on her Instagram, Mariska captioned the shot, “It’s on.”

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If you didn’t know, Christopher and Mariska are set to reunite again in the Law & Order: SVU season premiere coming this fall before he branches off into his own spinoff, Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Just recently, Christopher spoke about Benson and Stabler being on screen together again, and addressing their relationship.

“I think there is truly and deeply a worthwhile, inherent drama in exploring that relationship and the complexity of how Stabler left — the unresolved emotions both characters feel and how the fans feel,” he shared.

Stay tuned for more information on his L&O spinoff!

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Mariska Hargitay Reacts to News of the Elliot Stabler Spinoff for Christopher Meloni!

Mariska Hargitay is reacting to the news that her former Law & Order: SVU co-star Christopher Meloni is going to get his own spinoff series!

Christopher will be returning to NBC as his iconic character Elliot Stabler for a new crime drama series. The show will also be set in New York, centering on “the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler.”

The first season of the upcoming series already has a 13-episode order.

Mariska took to Instagram on Thursday (April 2) to wish Chris a happy 59th birthday and also to congratulate him on the new show.

“Congratulations and welcome home Elliot Stabler,” she wrote. In hashtag format she added, “It’s been a while” and “missed you.”

Make sure to check out the hot shirtless photo that Christopher Meloni shared last week!

Mariska Hargitay Mourns Loss of 'Law & Order: SVU' Crew Member Who Died of Coronavirus

Law & Order: SVU crew member Josh Wallwork passed away from the deadly Coronavirus – aka COVID-19.

Mariska, the star of the show, took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the costumer, writing, “Heartbroken we are. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He brought love and kindness everywhere he went. Always ready with the joke. The SVU Corredor will never be the same. We will miss you Josh. #ForeverInOurHearts”

Josh was only 45 years old. RIP.

We’re mourning the losses of all the celebrities and public figures who have tragically passed away from COVID-19.

Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann Join Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale at Couples Choice Gala Event

Mariska Hargitay leans into husband Peter Hermann while arriving at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Couples’ Choice Gala event at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Monday night (March 2).

The Law & Order: SVU star and Peter were joined by Rose Byrne and her partner, Bobby Cannavale.

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Mariska also reunited with former SVU co-star Christine Lahti on the red carpet.

The event is called Couples’ Choice because the celeb couples there get to chose the musical performances.

10+ pictures inside of Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann and Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale at the Couples’ Choice Gala

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'Law & Order' Star Diane Neal Allegedly Called Mariska Hargitay a 'Total B-tch'

Diane Neal may have beef with Mariska Hargitay.

The 44-year-old Law & Order: SVU star allegedly called her 55-year-old co-star a “total b-tch” and referred to the rest of her cast as “awful people” in comments made to her former campaign manager Rachael Himsel, who wrote them down in an email, according to Page Six on Friday (November 22).

The email is an exhibit in an ongoing lawsuit by Diane‘s ex-boyfriend J.B. Benn, who is firing back at her claims of physical and sexual abuse.

She also allegedly said the only pleasant person on set was Ice-T, according to paperwork unearthed from the lawsuit.

“There is no truth to this at all. Most of the people I’ve worked with are amazing, I love almost everyone I’ve ever worked with,” Diane said in a statement to Page Six, denying the accusation.

Mariska and I were not the closest, but that doesn’t mean we have any animosity towards each other, we’re still very supportive of each other. She’s a great mom, she’s great as Benson, she’s doing great charity work. I have never talked about the cast members like this, it’s salacious and untrue.”

READ MORE: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Diane Neal Accuses Ex J.B. Benn of Sexual Assault, Stealing Money & Harming Her Pets

Neil Patrick Harris is Supported by Family While Hosting Big Apple Circus!

Neil Patrick Harris had the support of his family during his big night!

The 46-year-old actor was joined by husband David Burtka and their 9-year-old twins Harper and Gideon as they attended the Grand Opening of New York’s Big Apple Circus on Sunday (October 27) at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Neil served as celebrity ringmaster for the grand opening.

Other stars at the circus included Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann with their kids Andrew, Amaya, and August, RHONY star Tinsley Mortimer and longtime love Scott Kluth, model Coco Rocha and kids Ioni and Iver, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Orange is the New Black actress Alysia Reiner, and Broadway star Laura Benanti.

Get the scoop on Neil‘s upcoming movie role here!

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