Episode features a pop star victimized by an abusive boyfriend
Next Wednesday's episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is being billed by NBC as "a familiar story of two celebrities" -- and to pop fans, it seems very familiar indeed.
The episode "Funny Valentine" appears extremely similar to the ongoing saga of Rihanna and Chris Brown. According to the official preview, a rising, young singer is badly beaten by her hip-hop star boyfriend, portrayed in the trailer as a 20-something African-American who tends to wear fitted hats. Authorities work to build a case, but the singer sticks by her man and refuses to aid the investigation, which turns into a "media circus."
But that's where the story breaks from the Brown-Rihanna narrative -- the abusive suspect is apparently found dead, complicating the investigation even further.
The episode is set to air Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. (EST) on NBC. Special appearances will be made by Perez Hilton, Dave Navarro and Wendy Williams.
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