'Law & Order: SVU' Sports Scandal Mashup Darren Sharper Meets Ray Rice
10/1/2014 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Darren Sharper alleged rape scandal is getting the TV treatment -- with a little Ray Rice mixed in -- because "Law & Order: SVU" is ripping both headlines for a sports scandal themed episode.
The episode -- which airs tonight -- features a major sports star accused of drugging and raping multiple women ... a la the accusations levied against former NFL star Darren Sharper.
Clearly, they are changing the names of the characters ... but it's clear, producers are using the Sharper case as the basis for the ep.
But here's where it gets bizarre ... producers are heavily promoting a controversial "elevator scandal" involving the sports hero ... which seems like a obvious take from the Ray Rice situation.
Only in the preview clip for the episode, a woman is attacking the sports star ... the reverse of what happened in real life with Ray.
"SVU" hasn't shied away from celebrity scandals in the past -- airing episodes based off Chris Brown, Casey Anthony and Paula Deen.