Joey Buttafuoco

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Joey Buttafuoco
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Born Joseph A. Buttafuoco
(1956-03-11) March 11, 1956 (age 58)
Massapequa, New York, U.S.
Occupation Auto body shop owner

Joseph A. "Joey" Buttafuoco (born March 11, 1956) is an auto body shop owner from Long Island, notable for his affair with Amy Fisher, age 16 at the time, who subsequently shot Joey's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face.

Incident[edit]

Buttafuoco had an affair with Amy Fisher, who subsequently shot Buttafuoco's wife, Mary, in the right side of her face on May 19, 1992. Deafness occurred in her right ear, and she was also afflicted with paralysis to the right side of her face and jaw. Mary Jo Buttafuoco survived the shooting, and was able to give a description of her assailant with the T-shirt Fisher showed her. The T-shirt, with the "Complete Auto Body & Fender" logo of Buttafuoco's auto body shop in Baldwin, Nassau County, was a gift from Buttafuoco to Fisher. Buttafuoco realized the implications of the description, and accused Fisher of doing the shooting.

Aftermath[edit]

Buttafuoco pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape and served four months in jail.[1] He and his wife later moved to California, where Mary Jo Buttafuoco filed divorce papers in Ventura County Superior Court on February 3, 2003.[2]

Fourteen years after the initial incident, Mary Jo underwent a facial reanimation procedure with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, involving static facial suspension, face lift, and eye lift procedures. These surgeries restored balance and gave her back her ability to smile. Next was surgery to widen the ear canal which improved her hearing and prevented future infections. She also underwent physical therapy to strengthen her facial muscles.[3]

Unrelated charges[edit]

Buttafuoco has been charged with crimes on numerous occasions since the Amy Fisher incident.

  • In 1995, he pled no contest to a solicitation of prostitution charge and was fined and placed on probation for two years.[4]
  • In 2004, he was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to auto insurance fraud.
  • In August 2005, he was charged with illegal possession of ammunition owing to his convicted felon status. Probation officers found the ammunition during a search of his home. He pled no contest and began serving his sentence on January 8, 2007.[5] He was released on April 28, 2007.[6]

Media appearances[edit]

The significant coverage of the Amy Fisher incident made Buttafuoco a minor celebrity. In the late 1990s when he was on trial, Buttafuoco was invited to a bar by Pantera musicians Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. Shortly after the case surfaced, Andrew Dice Clay invited Buttafuoco to appear in one of his stand-up routines. Buttafuoco, a Dice Clay fan, first agreed, but later declined after accepting legal advice. In 2002, he participated in the Fox Network's Celebrity Boxing, originally slated to oppose John Wayne Bobbitt, who dropped out due to being arrested for domestic abuse. Bobbitt was replaced by female pro wrestler Joanie "Chyna" Laurer.[7] Buttafuoco, despite being booed, won the fight in a majority decision (29–28, 29–27, 28–28).[8] In 2006, he and Amy Fisher were reunited at the Lingerie Bowl for the coin toss.[9] In a story reported in the New York Post, reality show producer David Krieff suggested that Buttafuoco and Fisher were currently "dating" again, although this was not supported by any direct statements from either Buttafuoco or Fisher.[10] On May 23, 2007 Mary Jo Buttafuocco appeared on CNN's Larry King Live program to discuss the recent reunion of her ex-husband and the former "Long Island Lolita."[11] Joey Buttafuoco and Mary Jo Buttafuoco have been regular guests of The Howard Stern Show since 1992. However, despite many news articles reporting his rumored romance with Fisher, Buttafuoco's second wife, Evanka, withdrew her divorce petition on June 22, 2007, and apparently has reconciled with him.[12]

In 2012, Joey Buttafuoco appeared on Fox News, on a show entitled "Justice with Judge Jeanine" at 8PM Central Standard. Joey was commenting on the Stern murder for hire plot.

Airing on November 1, 2012, Joey Buttafuoco made an appearance on Judge Alex, where he sued his friend Rob Spallone's company for providing a frozen ice truck for his nephew's 11th birthday party operated by women who were adult film stars, the case was decided in Joey Buttafuoco's favor, and Rob Spallone was ordered to pay damages, in the amount of $4,400.

Joey Buttafuoco appeared on the Judge Jeanine Pirro show on March 5, 2009 to dispute a call girl who refused to pay for car repairs. The call girl, "Peaches", had — after repairs were completed — requested to pay for the work with sex, instead of the $4,700 owed for the repairs to her Corvette. Joey won his settlement.

In his last year of hosting (1993) Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, talk show host David Letterman adopted Buttafuoco's last name as a recurring punchline.

During 1993 (Season 18 of the series) the Fisher case was parodied repeatedly on Saturday Night Live - in Episode 11 (Jan. 9, 1993) it was parodied in several sketches - a fictional telemovie, "Aaron and Tori Spelling's Amy Fisher, 10516" (with Danny DeVito as Buttafuocco and Melanie Hutsell as Tori Spelling/Fisher), "Amy Fisher, One Messed Up Bitch", in which the main characters in the Fisher case are portrayed by the black members of the SNL cast, and a Masterpiece Theatre parody entitled "The House of Buttafuoco".[13] In the following week's episode, musical guest Madonna ripped up Buttafuoco's photo at the end of one of her performances, declaring, "Fight the real enemy!" (a reference to Sinéad O'Connor's controversial ripping of Pope John Paul II's photo on the previous episode).[14]

TV and film career[edit]

Buttafuoco made his television debut as an "Under-Five" contract on As the World Turns in the late 1980s. He and actor Sean Patrick Flannery played henchmen who had to rough up the Frank Runyeon character played by actor Steve Andropoulos during a fight scene.[episode needed]

Buttafuoco made his film debut as a cab driver in Cul-de-Sac (video title: Better Than Ever). He subsequently appeared in The Underground Comedy Movie, Mafia Movie Madness, Skin Walker, Finding Forrester and Operation Repo: The Movie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joey Buttafuoco - Celebrity Mug Shot". Charles Montaldo. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Joey Buttafuco, Wife Getting Divorced". USA Today. 6 May 2003. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Oprah Winfrey Show Story". 
  4. ^ "CHRONICLE". Nadine Brozan. July 8, 1995. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Joey B. gets a break". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2006-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Joey Buttafuoco Ends Calif. Jail Term". AP/sfgate.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Celeb Boxing: Bobbitt Out, Chyna In". Josh Grossberg. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Fox's dull 'Celebrity Boxing' far from being a knockout". Tim Cuprisin. Archived from the original on 2006-07-10. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher Reunion Will Be a Coin-Tosser at The Lingerie Bowl". SOURCE Horizon Productions. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
  10. ^ Fanelli, James; Li, David K. (May 13, 2007). "Amy and Joey set date for love". New York Post. 
  11. ^ "Larry King Live Announcement". 
  12. ^ Crowley, Kieran (June 22, 2007). "Buttafuoco wife nixes divorce bid". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  13. ^ Lorraine Delia Kenny, Daughters of Suburbia: Growing Up White, Middle Class, and Female (Rutgers University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-8135-2853-4)
  14. ^ TV.com - SNL episode guide

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