'Law & Order: SVU' episode inspired by Chris Brown and Rihanna?
"Law & Order" is famous for its "ripped from the headlines" plots, and it looks like next week's episode may be borrowing from the saga of musicians Chris Brown and Rihanna.
"A promising singer is brutally attacked by her boyfriend, a popular hip-hop star. ADA Barba (guest star Raul Esparza) works to build a case, but the victim refuses to aid the prosecution, and despite Det. Benson's best efforts, continues to put herself in danger," NBC's description of the episode, titled "Funny Valentine," reads.
Brown assaulted girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards. He subsequently pleaded guilty to one count of assault and was sentenced to five years of probation and community service. The two stars broke up for a time, but recently rekindled their romance, snuggling together in front of cameras at the Grammys earlier this month.
NBC did not reply to a request for comment.
A teaser from "SVU" also seems to hint that Rihanna and Brown were the inspiration of this latest "L&O" tale. "A familiar story of two celebrities intertwined by abuse," the voiceover says.
But it looks like there will be a twist, as is common with the popular police procedural. The clip that aired as Wednesday's episode ended seems to suggest that the abuser may end up as a homicide victim.
The episode will also guest star talk-show host Wendy Williams as pretty much herself. "I am playing a talk-show host, and guess what her name is: Wendy Williams," she said on her show Feb. 4. Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro is also guest starring, but instead of a rock star, TV Guide reports he'll be playing a sound engineer named Ferrari. Gossip blogger Perez Hilton is also appearing.
"Law & Order: SVU" airs at Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.
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