By// Mariah Craddick
Law & Order: SVU is known using headlines for inspiration so it’s about time they drew from Chris Brown’s infamous assault on Rihanna back in 2009. The episode is described as follows:
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 Detective Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) best efforts, continues to put herself in danger. The case quickly spirals into a media circus, perpetrated by both the defendant and his uncompromising attorney (guest star Tambor).
The episode is titled “Funny Valentine” and while the disclaimer reads, “The preceding story was fictional. No actual person or event was depicted,” it’s pretty clear what inspired the Chrihanna story.
See the trailer below:
Wendy Williams, Perez Hilton and Dave Navarro also make guest appearances. The “Funny Valentine” episode airs Feb. 27 at 9/8c.