Christopher Meloni Rights 20-Year Error in Heartwarming Speech on ‘SVU’ Co-Star Mariska Hargitay

Christopher Meloni got a chance to set the record straight on a comment he made about “Law and Order: SVU” co-star, Mariska Hargitay, to the media two decades ago.

When he introduced his longtime colleague and friend at Monday’s Glamor Women of the Year Awards, which honored Hargitay, he used his speech to apologize for some casual words he shared with a journalist who — all those years ago — asked what the actress was happy to work with.

“I have been entrusted with one task tonight – to introduce someone who needs no introduction, with whom I have worked for 13 years and have been friends for 22 years,” Meloni said according to Glamour. ‘Cause tonight I’m here to right a wrong that’s been raging for far too long. Twenty years ago an interviewer asked me about Mariska and I said, ‘She has a lot of energy.’”

And the actress, who Capt. Olivia Benson plays for his Det. Elliot Stabler, had something to say about that comment all those years ago, Meloni continued.

“She read the article, she brought it to me in hair and makeup, she says, ‘What is this?’ I go, “What do you mean? You have a lot of energy.” She says, ‘You don’t say someone has a lot of energy because what that means is you don’t have anything nice to say about them, you don’t have anything original or truthful, you might as well say I have a great personality,” told Meloni on stage.

To set things straight, the “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star used the platform during the event to elaborate on the actress in much more detail.

“She has a lot of energy and a great personality,” he told the crowd. “So tonight I say this: Radiant. Charming. Funny. Generous. Elegant. shy. Honestly. appreciative. including. directly. lively. That’s my favorite word; it comes from the Latin, ‘life’, which is what she does every day with great passion, with everyone she associates with, be it friends, family, strangers or obligations.”

Meloni seemed to be making up for lost time, but had more to say about the actress, who founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, which works to raise awareness about the backlog of rape kits in the US and advocate for their processing.

As he went on, he called her “fearless” and praised her “compassion and empathy.”

“She sees hope in the hopeless; she sees the potential in you, and me, and us,” he said.

On stage, Hargitay thanked the magazine for the award and described her version of glamour.

“It is our deep desire for change. It’s our insistence on the good,” she said. “It’s how we appear to our daily battles, big and small, public and private, the ones that last just a moment and the ones that last a lifetime. Inner beauty. Inner peace. Inner power. That’s glamor to me. Truth and authenticity, shining outwardly.”

Prior to the event, Hargitay admitted that it meant a lot for Meloni to hand her the award.

“You know, after my husband, he knows me pretty well,” the actress told ET. “So it makes a lot of sense, especially after the journey we’ve had these 22 years. The creative journey, the trust, the friendship, he’s seen it all.”

“Law & Order: SVU” airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC, followed by “Law & Order: Organized Crime” at 10/9c.

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