"Law & Order: SVU" fans got a healthy dose of "ripped from the headlines" last week when the long-running crime series featured a pseudo Rihanna-Chris Brown storyline, one that ended far worse than the pair's real-life saga.
The practice of taking real events and turning them into themes for the show isn't new (take the episode inspired by Dominique Strauss-Kahn for instance, or the one inspired by Jerry Sandusky), but it makes for such good television that we wish they'd do it more often
For inspiration, here are some celebrity scandals that could easily translate to the small screen:
Lindsay Lohan's Life
The poor girl had little luck in recent years, so the show's writers and producers <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/367020/lindsay-lohan-a-timeline-of-all-her-arrests-and-boy-there-are-a-lot-of-em">have a lot to work with</a>: from multiple DUIs and cocaine use, skipping court and violating her probation, to stealing and beating a woman at a club. LiLo's family drama (<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lindsay-screwed-dina-lohan-shocking-domestic-abuse-confession-article-1.1234632">her mother Dina accused Lindsay's father Michael of assault</a>) can be thrown in as well.
Lance Armstrong Doping
The famed cancer-beating cyclist who won seven Tour de France titles <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan/18/lance-armstrong-admits-doping-oprah-winfrey">admitted to lying about doping</a>. In a move that shocked the sports world and beyond, the former athlete confessed to Oprah that "it would not have been possible to win the titles without cheating."
Justin Bieber Murder Plot
In December 2012 this bizarre story broke: A convicted killer recruited an inmate and his nephew to <a href="http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/cops-nm-men-plotted-to-kill-bieber?hpt=ju_bn6">murder and castrate Bieber</a> and his bodyguard. In real life, the plan failed.
Elmo The Molester
Talk about a classic Olivia Benson case: Kevin Clash, the longtime puppeteer and voice of "Sesame Street" favorite Elmo, <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/kevin-clash-elmo-puppeteer-resigns/">has been accused of engaging in sexual activity with several teenage boys.</a>
50 Cent's Feuds
The rapper who grew up dealing drugs and escaping bullets started publicly feuding with numerous music personalities once he found success (including <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1471546/dj-calls-end-ja-50-beef.jhtml">Ja Rule</a>, Nas, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1497957/jadakiss-jacks-50-cents-beat-return-fire.jhtml">Fat Joe, Jadakiss</a>, <a href="http://allhiphop.com/2006/09/07/exclusive-50-cent-sean-diddy-combs-declare-cease-fire/">P. Diddy</a>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1609554/rick-ross-buries-50-cent-cold-blood-video.jhtml">Rick Ross</a>, and former <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1497589/game-out-g-unit-50-cent-avoids-gunfire.jhtml">G-Unit</a> members <a href="http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.9415/title.michael-jackson-tried-to-end-beef-between-50-cent-the-game">The Game</a> and <a href="http://allhiphop.com/2009/07/20/50-disses-game-young-buck-on-bisd-snippet/">Young Buck</a>). The shootings, robbery and spiteful lyrics can make the episode particularly enticing.
Mel Gibson's Anti-Semitic DUI Arrest
In 2006, Gibson was <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2006/07/28/gibsons-anti-semitic-tirade-alleged-cover-up/">pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving when he went on an anti-Semitic rant</a> (his arresting officer was Jewish). It was then reported that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department had the initial report doctored to keep the real story under wraps. Six years later, the deputy who suffered through Gibson's tirade <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/02/14/deputy-who-arrested-mel-gibson-for-dui-settles-discrimination-lawsuit/">reached a $50,000 settlement</a> with the Sheriff's department. <strong>UPDATE:</strong> A 2006 episode featuring guest star Chevy Chase appears to have been inspired by the Mel Gibson incident.
Jeremy London's Kidnapping
In 2010, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/17/jeremy-london-kidnapped-f_n_615636.html">London told police he was kidnapped, robbed and forced to smoke dope</a>. The actor explained that he was trying to change a tire when two men stopped to help him. After the tire was changed he offered to drive them home, and it was then they held him at gunpoint and drove him around terrorizing him for hours. He managed to escape at 3 a.m.
Jason London's Attack
In January, the other London brother was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/jason-london-arrested_n_2578490.html">arrested for an alleged assault</a>. It was also reported that he defecated in the police car. A couple of days later, the actor defended himself and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/jason-london-arrested_n_2590633.html">explained that he was the one attacked</a>, and had the severe bruising to show for it.
Johnny Lewis' Murder Suicide
The "Sons of Anarchy" actor <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/09/27/sons-of-anarchy-actor-johnny-lewis-double-death-los-feliz-los-angeles/">allegedly killed an 81-year-old woman and then fell to his death</a> back in September 2012. He was reportedly on drugs (either PCP or meth) at the time.
Kris Jenner Child Abuse
<a href="http://www.intouchweekly.com/stars/news/exclusive-robert-kardashians-private-diaries-reveal-dark-secrets-kim-kourtney-and-khlo-s#.UP_-bhgoMoY">A "leaked" personal diary of the late Robert Kardashian accused Kris of violence and adultery</a>. "Kris was kicking and beating [Kim] and said she was going to kill her!" Robert allegedly wrote in a 1989 entry. "Kim was hysterical." He also wrote that Kris used to leave the kids, who were all under 11, for days at a time.
Gabriel Aubry-Olivier Martinez-Halle Berry
Two handsome men fighting over a gorgeous Oscar-winning woman? Make it happen already! On Thanksgiving 2012, Hally Berry's ex Gabriel Aubry (who's the father of her 4-year-old daughter, Nahla) was arrested following a fight with the actress's fiance, Olivier Martinez. Aubry claimed Martinez threatened to kill him during a confrontation that left him with a broken rib and a bruised face.
Charlie Sheen And The Stray Bullet
The controversial actor made one thing clear, albeit 20 years too late: <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/239915/did-charlie-sheen-really-shoot-kelly-preston-21-years-later-we-get-the-answer">He never shot former fiance, Kelly Preston</a>. According to Sheen, the revolver he used to carry around at the time dropped from his pants pocket while he was in the kitchen making coffee, and as it went off it struck his fiance in the arm.
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