A press release from the show states, “The episode tells the story of a singer who was beaten by her hip-hop star boyfriend, and yet remains inexplicably drawn to him.” Sounds remarkably like Chris Brown and Rihanna and what happened in 2009. Law & Order: SVU prides itself on ripping stories from the headlines.
There’s probably not a person on this planet who is not aware of what happened between the two lovebird singers in 2009. Rihanna has said she provoked the beating. She may have said some things she didn't mean to, but the reaction by Chris Brown was way over the top. Everyone remembers those gruesome after photos.
While the show is obviously based on Chris Brown and Rihanna, it’s not “official” and has a major twist at the end to further obliterate the parallel being drawn between the real celebrity couple and the one in the show.
“Law & Order: SVU” has provided a complete episode description.
"Funny Valentine" – 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 Jeffrey Tambor). …Special appearances by Perez Hilton, Dave Navarro and Wendy Williams.