Joseph A. Buttafuoco is an auto body shop owner from Long Island and a global popular cultural icon. He’s best known for having a sexual relationship with a minor, Amy Fisher, who subsequently shot his wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face. Take a look below for 26 more strange and interesting facts about Joey Buttafuoco.
1. Buttafuoco pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape and served four months in jail.
2. On May 19, 1992, Amy Fisher went to Buttafuoco’s house and informed his wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco about his infidelity.
3. Fisher had come to Buttafuocos’ home and confronted Mary Jo about Joey, with whom she had been having a sexual relationship since July, 1991, after Fisher brought her vehicle to Buttafuoco’s auto body shop in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York.
4. When Mary Jo answered the door, Fisher offered, as proof of the affair, a t-shirt that Joey had given her with the logo of his auto body shop on it.
5. When Mary Jo demanded that Fisher leave and turned to go into the house and call Joey, Fisher shot her in the face with a .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol.
6. When Mary Jo regained consciousness, she identified Fisher as her assailant.
7. Buttafuoco’s lawyer maintained that Buttafuoco was never involved with Fisher and Fisher had invented the affair.
8. Fisher lawyer portrayed Fisher as a victim whom Buttafuoco manipulated into the shooting.
9. After Fisher’s assault conviction, Buttafuoco was indicted on 19 counts of statutory rape, sodomy, and endangering the welfare of a child.
10. He initially pleaded not guilty.
11. Buttafuoco later changed his plea to guilty, admitting that he had sex with Fisher when she was 16 years old and that he had known her age at the time.
12. He was sentenced to six months’ jail time and was released after serving four months and nine days of the sentence.
13. After his release from prison, Joey and Mary Jo Buttafuoco moved to California, where Mary Jo filed divorce papers in Venture County Superior Court on February 3, 2003.
14. In 1995, Buttafuoco was held for solicitation of prostitution and pleaded no contest. He was fined and was also placed on probation for a couple of years.
15. In 2004, he was charged for auto insurance fraud, for which he served a year in prison. He was also placed on probation for five years.
16. The auto insurance fraud came to light when he claimed insurance on the cars that were not damaged.
17. In 2007, he pleaded no contest to illegal possession of ammunition. The illegal possession came to light when his Chatsworth home was searched in 2005 by the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
18. In 2008, Joey was convicted of selling a sex video, featuring him and his second wife, Evanka. He sold the rights to the Red-light District.
19. The significant coverage of the shooting incident made Buttafuoco a minor celebrity.
20. During Fisher’s trial, Buttafuoco appeared frequently on mainstream and tabloid news programs and talk shows and gave multiple interviews to all forms of media.
21. David Letterman, in his last year of hosting “Late Night with David Letterman,” discussed the incident so often that Buttafuoco’s name was a recurring punchline, while “Saturday Night Live” parodied the case in multiple sketches.
22. In 2002, Buttafuoco participated in the Fox Network’s “Celebrity Boxing,” originally slated to oppose John Wayne Bobbitt, who dropped out owing to being arrested for domestic abuse.
23. In 2006, he and Fisher were reunited at the Lingerie Bowl for the coin toss.
24. On May 23, 2007, Mary Jo appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” program to discuss the recent reunion of her ex-husband and the former “Long Island Lolita.”
25. Buttafuoco appeared in an episode of Judge Pirro, successfully suing an adult film actress for failure to pay an auto body bill.
26. Sixteen years after the incident, Mary Jo wrote a book telling her story, “Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know.”