Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has always featured
episodes ripped straight from the world’s most
controversial headlines and it looks like this hot-button
tradition will continue in the drama’s 15th season.
The NBC procedural is currently filming an episode that
looks to be inspired by one of the biggest and most
controversial legal stories of the year: the shooting of
Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman.
Based on these photos snapped on the set Tuesday,
SVU is taking on the case that both polarized and
outraged the nation.
According to the Daily Mail, Cybill Shepard has been
tasked to play a vigilante-like character who killed a
black teenager named Mehcad. Arrested
Development’s Jeffrey Tambor is playing her lawyer,
and the scene filmed yesterday involved a protest very
much like the ones held during Zimmerman’s trial in
July. Extras can be seen holding signs almost identical
to the ones created to mourn Trayvon Martin.
Castmembers Ice-T, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer
and Raul Esparza were also filming at the protest
scenes. The episode is allegedly titled “American
When asked if this episode was in fact based on the
Trayvon Martin case, NBC would only say: “SVU is
This is not the first time SVU has tackled mainstream
cases. Last season, the series aired an
episode featuring a hip-hop star named Caleb
Bryant accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend
Micha, who is also a famous singer. Sound familiar?
The new season of Law & Order: SVU premieres Sept.
25 on NBC.
An illegal U-turn by the rapper’s truck and a
warrant for driving under suspension
prompted the arrest on Tuesday, August 20.
Following his arrest
late last month in
South Carolina under
suspicions of driving
under the influence
and driving without a
license, hip-hop artist
and actor DMX was
by police late
Tuesday, August 20 in
his home state. The
stemming from this recent case was one of the
grounds for the police to take him into
custody, his third time to make a visit to jail
The arrest was made after the truck that he
was riding was stopped by authorities in the
city of Greer for making an illegal U-turn and
the police realized that he had a warrant out
for driving under suspension. They also found
marijuana in the vehicle, for which he and the
truck’s driver Anita Shalawn Rhodes were both
charged with simple possession.
“Though officers pulled them over for a minor
traffic violation, DMX was asked to step
outside so they can search the vehicle. Officers
then claimed that they found bags of
marijuana in the floorboard and arrested,”
DMX’s rep stated, which made the MC “very
aggressive with his words and was making
multiple idle threats.”
The MC was then brought to Greer County jail,
but was shortly released the following morning
and is now back at his home in South Carolina
where he is reportedly under house arrest.
This most recent incident is his third driving-
related arrest this year, committed after
previous multiple offenses that ranged from
speeding to animal cruelty.
Daniel Ramos, a paparazzo who claims that
West put him on crutches, says that he is
suing the rapper because he doesn’t ‘want
what happened to me to happen to anyone else’.
Daniel Ramos, a
photographer who was
involved in a camera
scuffle with Kanye West
at LAX in July, has filed
an assault and battery
lawsuit against the
“Black Skinhead” rapper.
Accompanied by his
attorney Gloria Allred,
Ramos spoke to reporters
in a press conference on
Wednesday, August 21.
During the press
conference, Ramos claimed that West’s action
caused injury to his leg. He apparently was
forced to use crutches for two weeks following
the incident and is using cane. “He’s still in
pain,” Allred added, as quoted by Wenn.
The high-profile attorney also revealed in the
Wednesday event that she alerted West’s
attorney, saying that her client sued the
rapper for assault, battery and interference
with his civil rights. “It will be important for
Kanye to apologize. That would be a start…
Kanye needs to do the right thing,” she
Speaking of his reason to sue, Ramos said, “I
was just trying to do my job. I don’t want what
happened to me to happen to anyone else.”
Ramos’ attorney also filed restraining order
against the rapper.
West was passing through a crowd of
photographers who waited for him at Los
Angeles International Airport when the
incident happened back on July 19. A video
obtained by TMZ shows the rapper turned to
one of the photographers and said, “What
you’re trying to do is get me in trouble, so I
step out and have to pay you like $250,000,”
before wrestling Ramos.
Last week, the L.A. County district attorney’s
office decided not to file a felony charge.
However, the case was referred to the city
attorney who could file misdemeanor charge.