Hi everybody! Long time listener, first time caller... I've been planning a project I've been wanting to write for quite some time. I'll spare the details because I haven't got them quite grounded myself yet. But I was hoping somebody could shed some light on a certain matter... My protagonist has a successful career as an entertainer, but it slowly falls apart and he struggles to deal with it. I've seen a documentary about a British comedian and some of the events that happened in his life strike me as really interesting, and I've been debating whether or not to adapt one or two of these into my project. One of which sees said comedian sacked from a television show he hosted because he was accused of taking bribes, so that he would feature named-brand products as prizes on his show. His final performance was noticeably bitter and made for uncomfortable viewing. I understand that using the likeness of somebody is dangerous ground, but my intention is to have my protagonist hosting a different type of show, with absolutely no reference to names or specific details. The majority of the rest of my protagonist's story is barely comparable to the comedian in question either. The only thing that remain similar is the situation itself. How safe is it to write something based on real events to this extent? Could I still be in trouble if somebody noticed the vague similarities, or would I be safe enough given how I'm not referencing any specific persons or shows?