Rory: (speaking of her class nemesis, Paris Geller) Her parents are getting a major divorce.
Rory: Her dad's like this bigwig at a huge pharmaceutical company, and they're printing all the sordid details about it in the paper.
Lorelai: Wooo, how sordid?
Rory: Well, it's not the Rick James incident, but Hugh Grant should be feeling pretty good about himself...
Rick James was an American funk and soul artist, who became known as the King of Funk with late 70s funk hits as Super Freak (sampled by M.C. Hammer for U Can't Touch This) and Give It To Me Baby. By the end of the 80s, though, his recreational use of cocaine had gotten out of hand, and he was convicted of assaulting two women in two different instances, one a sordid tale involving bondage and forced sex while under the influence. He served two years in Folsom Prison. He died in 2004, but will be remembered for years as the butt of a now-famous Dave Chappelle routine which depicted him as a violent, self-absorbed drug-addled misogynist, with the tagline "I'm Rick James, b**ch!". James himself is on record as appreciating the humor of it.
Hugh Grant, well-known pretty boy English actor, is best known for his role in Four Weddings and a Funeral. He did considerable damage to his public image by getting arrested for receiving oral sex from a prostitute while sitting in a car in Hollywood.