It's a staple of the "Law & Order" franchise to rip stories straight from the headlines. For the latest episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," the case was one that is very familiar to music fans, and remains as controversial today as it was when the story first broke in 2009. Using obvious counterparts, "SVU" tackled the Chris Brown and Rihanna story.
Brown assaulted Rihanna in 2009 before the Grammy Awards. The two have since reconciled and have remained linked romantically off and on since then. In the "SVU" episode they were Micha and Caleb. Just like Rihanna, Micha was assaulted by Caleb. The case went to trial, but the two reconciled. But "SVU" took their story further down a dark path.
In this fiction, Caleb finally went too far and killed Micha. "Shocked fans gathered in Manhattan tonight to mourn the death of rising talent, Micha Green, whose body was discovered a few hours ago in Bermuda," a reporter said in the aftermath of hear death.
Did they take it too far? E! wondered that very thing, while Hollywood Life worried that the ending could hit too close to home for the real couple, writing, "Overall, the show took some liberties ... but pretty much wrapped things up exactly as they are: Chris is a violent man and Rihanna accepts a bad man in her life. How sad!"
See which story gets ripped from the headlines next on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.
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