Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is ripping another case straight from the headlines, and there has never been a more controversial one than this subject:
The NBC procedural, now in its 15th season, is currently filming an episode that looks to be inspired by one of the biggest legal stories in recent memory.
According to reports, Cybill Shepard has been tasked to play a vigilante-like character who is charged with murdering a black teenager named Mehcad.
Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor plays her lawyer, and a scene filmed yesterday involved a protest not unlike those seen during George Zimmerman's trial.
Extras were seen with signs nearly identical to ones created to mourn Trayvon Martin, while the main cast was also filming the protest scenes.
The episode is allegedly titled "American Tragedy."
When asked if this episode was in fact based on the Trayvon Martin case, NBC would only say: "SVU is fiction," but then again, we know how that goes.
Last season, the series aired an episode featuring a singer, Caleb Bryant accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend Micha, who is also a music star.
Sound familiar, Chris Brown?