Children of this Relationship
Relationship Information, Quotes, and Trivia
Where and/or how did Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher meet?
Fisher (then aged 16) met Joey Buttafuoco in May 1991, when she took her car to his auto shop for repairs.
Why did Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher break up?
Their relationship was a result of an affair which involved a sexual relationship and subsequent crime of passion. Amy was convicted of the 1992 shooting of Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of Joey Buttafuoco.
Other Relationship Information about Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher:
In August 1991, when Fisher needed money, Joey set her up to work with an escort agency, and the affair continued while Fisher was apparently working as a prostitute. (On June 27, 2007, Fisher remarked on The Howard Stern Show that she lied about being a prostitute.) Fisher apparently asked Joey to leave his wife, Mary Jo (who knew nothing of their relationship) but he refused. On May 19, 1992, Fisher, then aged 17, had an accomplice drive her to the Buttafuoco home in Massapequa, New York. She got out of the car and rang the doorbell. When Mary Jo Buttafuoco answered the door, Fisher told her that Joey was having an affair with Amy's younger sister, providing a t-shirt advertising Joey's auto body shop for her "proof". When Mary Jo turned away, excusing herself, Amy shot her in the head on the front porch, then fled. Mary Jo was severely injured and paralyzed on the right side of her face, but survived. She was able to describe the t-shirt that her assailant had been wearing as one from her husband's auto body shop. Joey realized the shooter was Fisher, to whom he had given the shirt as a gift, and identified her to the police.
The crime and the back story drew a great deal of interest from the press. A movie production company offered the Fisher family $80,000 for the movie rights, which was accepted and then used to post bail. The situation would have made the money eligible for seizure under New York's Son of Sam law, though it was not invoked. Fisher was charged with multiple counts, including attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the first degree, and in December 1992 was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison. Based on a signed receipt from a Long Island hotel dated a matter of days before Fisher's 17th birthday Joey Buttafuoco was charged with statutory rape. He was convicted in October 1993 and served six months in jail for the crime. Fisher stated that she has genital herpes.
Fisher served her prison sentence at the Albion Correctional Facility in New York. During her time at Albion, Fisher said that she was raped by a correctional officer at the prison; she began a legal case against the guard and requested to be moved to a different prison. After pursuing the case for some time she eventually dropped it after several legal setbacks, stating that she no longer had faith the system would do anything to help her. It has been suggested Fisher's charges were motivated by the desire to be transferred to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York so she could be nearer to her mother; however, rape charges against guards at the prison by other inmates in subsequent years did lead to a series of successful convictions.
In 1999, after seven years in prison, Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon consented to the vacating of Fisher's original plea bargain and a new plea entered with a 3 to 10 year sentence, ensuring her immediate release. (This legal motion was done pursuant to the wishes of Mary Jo Buttafuoco.) Fisher was granted parole and released. After her release from prison Fisher became a columnist for the Long Island Press, winning a Media Award for Column/News from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2004. She wrote a book about her experiences entitled If I Knew Then, published in 2004. The Long Island Press announced Fisher's departure from the newspaper in late December 2005. She continues to be actively involved in campaigning for prisoners' rights.
In 2006, Amy Fisher reunited with Mary Jo Buttafuoco in sessions televised for Entertainment Tonight and its spinoff The Insider. Fisher said she wanted to heal her past and move on with her life. However, two years later, on February 11, 2008 the New York Post reported that, in an interview, Fisher announced that she does not feel sorry for the woman that she shot, as Mary Jo made millions on the criminal case. Fisher and Joey Buttafuoco eventually reunited for the first time at the 2006 Lingerie Bowl for the coin toss. On May 13, 2007 the New York Post reported that Amy Fisher had left her husband and Joey left his girlfriend, and were both reportedly going on a date near Central Park on Monday, May 14, 2007 to either reconcile or pitch an idea where they would cohabitate for a reality series. Many similar articles ran in The Post in a lead-up to a possible reality series, but neither Joey nor Amy were quoted confirming their supposed romantic reconciliation. Indeed, Joey's second wife Evanka withdrew her divorce petition on June 22, 2007, in an apparent reconciliation.
"Mary Jo is a nonentity. People are angry at me because I'm a millionaire. But guess what? So is Mary Jo! She made more millions off of what I did than what I made. I feel no sympathy for Mary Jo the multimillionaire! The fact that Mary Jo has a bullet in her head means nothing! I still have silicone in my boobs, and you don't hear me complaining. She can't feel her bullet, and I can't feel my silicone." -Amy Fisher, February 11, 2008
"She's no Jenna Jameson, she's just a porn star...She tried to kill somebody, and now [she's] making money off it. -Mary Jo Buttafuoco, February 11, 2008 "She's trying to shop and peddle her wedding for money and she's trying to sell a book, OK? I know how to use the TV shows. They want ratings. It's all a business, and they made millions off of me." -Amy Fisher, February 11, 2008
Fisher now admits she recently lied about Joey being her boyfriend again just to get a reality TV show and to "piss Mary Jo off"
Classic Quotes by Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher about their relationship:
"But having sex with Joey wasn't that great 17 years later. I was like, 'Ewwwww.' It wasn't good at all. When he was the older man 17 years ago, he was just 33 years old. But now he's 50...He didn't take care of himself at all. He's got man boobs. So I quickly got sick of having sex with him. Our recent fling only lasted for a week." Amy Fisher 2/11/2008
"On July 2, 1991, I had sexual relations with Amy Fisher at the Freeport Motel." Joey Buttafuoco 10/6/1993