|Born||Joseph A. Buttafuoco
March 11, 1956
Massapequa, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||auto body shop owner|
Joseph A. "Joey" Buttafuoco (born March 11, 1956) is an American auto body shop owner who made headlines in 1992 for his affair with then-underage Amy Fisher (born August 21, 1974), who subsequently shot Joey's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco (born May 15, 1955), in the face.
Buttafuoco met Mary Jo Connery when they were both sophomores at Massapequa High School in Long Island, New York. The couple were married at St. Rose of Lima church in Massapequa on September 4, 1977. The couple's first child, Paul, was born in January, 1980 and their second child, Jessica, was born in March, 1983. In 1987 Buttafuoco completed a residential drug treatment program for cocaine addiction.
Buttafuoco had an affair with then-underage Amy Fisher, who subsequently shot Joey's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face. Although deafened in one ear and her face partially paralyzed, Mary Jo survived the shooting and was able to give a description of a t-shirt her assailant wore. 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 as the shooter.
After being convicted for the shooting, Fisher served seven years in Albion Correctional Facility for the crime. Buttafuoco pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape and served four months in jail. He and his wife later moved to California, divorcing on February 3, 2003.
Buttafuoco has been charged with crimes on numerous occasions since the Amy Fisher incident.
The significant coverage of the Amy Fisher incident made Buttafuoco a minor celebrity. 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. Buttafuoco, despite being booed, won the fight in a majority decision (29–28, 29–27, 28–28). In 2006, he and Amy Fisher were reunited at the Lingerie Bowl for the coin toss. In a story reported in the New York Post, reality show producer David Krieff suggests Buttafucco and Fisher are currently "dating" again, although this is not supported by any direct statements from either Buttafuoco or Fisher. On May 23, 2007 Mary Jo Buttafucco appeared on CNN's Larry King Live program to discuss the recent reunion of her ex-husband and the former "Long Island Lolita." 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.
Joey Buttafuoco appeared on the Judge Jeanine Pirro show on March 5, 2009 to dispute a call girl who refuses 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 owned for the repairs to her Corvette. Joey won his settlement.
Buttafuoco made his film debut as a cab driver in Cul-de-Sac (video title: Better Than Ever), by the Nigerian-born filmmaker Uzo. He subsequently appeared in Finding Forrester, The Underground Comedy Movie, Mafia Movie Madness, Skin Walker, and Operation Repo: The Movie.
Buttafuoco hosts a live talk radio show dedicated to recovery topics.