Law & Order boss Dick Wolf has fired writer Craig Gore over a controversial social media post in which Gore said he would “light up” Los Angeles looters.
“I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately,” Wolf said in a statement Tuesday to Variety.
Gore’s post, which quickly came under fire, pictured him holding a long gun with the caption “Curfew…” and the comment “light motherf—ers up who are trying to f—k with my property.”
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The post was published amid growing calls for an end to systemic racism and criminal justice reform after George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minnesota on May 25.
Gore’s post drew attention after Drew Janda, who worked on the OWN series Greenleaf and HBO’s Big Little Lies, @tagged actor Chris Meloni, who will star in NBC’s upcoming Law & Order: SVU spinoff that Gore was hired to work on.
Meloni responded to Janda’s tweet saying that he has “no idea who this person is or what they do” and that Matt Olmstead is the showrunner of his new series. “I’ve gotten no word on any hirings,” Meloni added.
Shortly after Wolf’s statement was released, Gore was also dropped by his talent agency, Paradigm.
Matt Olmstead is my Showrunner
I have gotten no word on ANY hirings
I have no idea who this person is or what they do https://t.co/Mtik40kij7
— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) June 2, 2020
Los Angeles and cities across L.A. County, including West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica have seen protests as well as looting since last week when George Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer held him down with a knee on his neck.