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ABC's "Scandal" based off real life scenarios

By Jazzi Black
On November 15, 2013

The stories of Judy Smith , crisis management expert, greatly impacted American screenwrier Shonda Rhimes to produce ABC's hit television show "Scandal."
Ranked one of the highest rated TV shows according to E! Entertainment, Scandal stars Kerry Washington who plays the role of Olivia Pope, a White House communications director who leaves to start her own crisis management firm.
Her character tells the story of Smith as they collaborate to tell the features of real life "scandals."
Earlier this year in August of 2013, Paula Dean admitted to using a racial slur against African Americans and Smith was in fact hired to clear her name.
Although Dean lost promotions from up to 12 companies resulting in a loss as much as $12.5 million according to Daily News, her name has been cleared from the air thanks to Smith.
Just ten years earlier in 2003, Kobe Bryant used Smith for his accusations of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female. His wife Vanessa, did stand by his side during the trial.
Monica Lewinsky, a White House Intern during Bill Clinton's presidency was caught having an affair during his term and was hired by Smith during their fallout.
She was an aide to Lewinsky while the media went on frenzy against her reputation. Time magazine reports that Lewinsky now hopes to live a new life, although she will always be remembered as "The" White House intern
Named "Ms. Fix-It" by the New York Times, Smith was on another scandal case when NFL quarterback Michael Vick was accused of running a dog-fighting ring.
ABC News reports "Smith put together a 45-page action plan with Vick's lawyer to repair his image."
Today, Smith continues to do work for high-profile celebrities, politicians, and corporations. Her book titled "Good Self, Bad Self" was written to teach you how to face and overcome potential problems before they send your life spinning out of control" as quoted by Entertainment seekers can catch a glimpse of Smith's life by watching the next episode of Scandal aired on Thursday.

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