John and Lorena Bobbitt

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John Bobbitt

John Wayne Bobbitt (born March 23, 1967) and Lorena Bobbitt (née Gallo; born October 31, 1969)[1] were an American couple married on June 18, 1989 and lived in Manassas, Virginia. Their relationship became well known in 1993 when, after claims of years of rape and abuse by her husband, Lorena cut off his penis with a knife while he was asleep in bed.[2] The penis was surgically reattached.

John was born in Buffalo, New York and Lorena was born in Guayas Province, Ecuador.[3]

John Bobbitt was acquitted on the rape charge. Lorena Bobbitt was found not guilty for reason of insanity.[4]

In 1995, after six years of marriage, John and Lorena finalized their divorce.[5]

After the events, John starred in two pornographic movies in the 1990s[6] and said in 2018 that his penis is "back to normal".[7]

Lorena was invited by President Abdalá Bucaram for an official dinner and later became godparents to each other's children in 1996.[3]

In December 1997, Lorena was charged with assault for punching her mother, Elvia Gallo, as they watched television.[8] She was eventually acquitted of assault and in 2007, she founded Lorena's Red Wagon organization, which helps prevent domestic violence through family-oriented activities.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The moment John Bobbitt realized his wife had cut off his penis: 'It was a nightmare'". ABC News.
  2. Pershing, Linda (2011). ""His Wife Seized His Prize and Cut It to Size": Folk and Popular Commentary on Lorena Bobbitt". In Catano, James V.; Novak, Daniel A. (eds.). Masculinity Lessons: Rethinking Men's and Women's Studies. p. 201.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Bobbitt Meets President". South Florida Sun Sentinel. October 18, 1996. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  4. Virginia Vs. Lorena Bobbitt, Court TV. Retrieved on October 14, 2012. Archived January 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. Marisa M. Kashino (June 27, 2018). "The Definitive Oral History of the Bobbitt Case, 25 Years Later". Washingtonian. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  6. Anolik, Lili (June 28, 2018). "The Lorena Bobbitt Case at 25: Why She's Moved on and John Wayne Hasn't". Vanity Fair. New York City: Conde Nast. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  7. "John Wayne Bobbitt Says His Penis Has 'Been Through the Wringer' In New ABC Special". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  8. "Bobbitt's Ex-Wife Charged in Assault". The New York Times. December 8, 1997. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  9. "Lorena Bobbitt's Unforgettable Story".