They were household names: Amy Fisher. Mary Jo Buttafuoco. Joey Buttafuoco.
On May 19, 1992, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot in the head on the front porch of her home in Massapequa, New York. The shooter: 17-year-old Fisher, a high school student who was having an affair with Mary Jo’s husband, Joey.
Miraculously, Mary Jo survived the attack. As the media swarmed their quiet neighborhood, all three members of the lover’s triangle became nationally-known personalities. Fisher was dubbed the “Long Island Lolita.” With his tough-talking exterior, Joey was known as the villain. And Mary Jo was considered the innocent housewife caught up in her husband’s infidelities.
As the 25th anniversary of the crime approaches, the case is the subject of a new TV show, Scandal Made Me Famous, on the Reelz Network. In the show, Mary Jo Buttafuoco recalls the attack — and how she’s doing today. The show also gives updates on the lives of the three people involved in one of the most sordid scandals of the ’90s.
Mary Jo Buttafuoco
Now 61, Mary Jo has moved on with her life. She divorced her husband in 2003, and is living a quiet life away from the spotlight — except for the occasional TV appearance.
She still grapples with her injuries: she is partially paralyzed on one side of her face and deaf in one ear. Because surgery would have been too dangerous, the bullet remains lodged in her neck.Buttafuoco also shares her feelings about Fisher’s plea deal. “It wasn’t an assault,” she says. “It was an assassination.”
After spending seven years in jail for assault, Fisher was released in 1999. She briefly worked as a columnist for the Long Island Press. She married Louis Bellera in 2003 and had three children. (The couple divorced last year.) She wrote a 2004 book about her experiences, If I Knew Then.
In 2007, after a sex tape emerged, Fisher began a brief career in adult entertainment. She starred in her own pay-per-view adult film entitled Amy Fisher: Totally Nude & Exposed, and made a handful of other adult movies. She walked away from the industry in 2011.
Now 42, Fisher lives in Florida. She has occasionally spoken out about the Buttafuocos, and has even made public appearances with them over the years.
After Fisher’s assault conviction, Joey was indicted on 19 counts of statutory rape, sodomy, and endangering the welfare of a child. Although he initially pleaded not guilty, he later admitted that he had sex with Fisher when she was just 16 — and that he had known her age at the time. He spent four months in jail.
After his 2003 split from Mary Jo, he remarried and continued making TV appearances. He has appeared on Celebrity Boxing, Judge Janine Pirro, and Judge Alex. He has appeared in about a dozen movies.
Scandal Made Me Famous combines reenactments, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photos and video to tell the story of infamous crimes. The show is hosted by PEOPLE Senior Writer Steve Helling.
The series premieres on Saturday (9 p.m. ET) on the Reelz Channel.