Published: November 15, 2002
Mary Jo Reveals That She Was Responsible For The Cancellation of Amy Fishers Appearance on Foxs Celebrity Boxing Match
NEW YORK — November 15, 2002 — In another exclusive for THE JOHN WALSH SHOW, Mary Jo Buttafuoco and Kim Goldman will meet for the first time to talk about what life is like since the tragedies that brought them both unwanted celebrity on THE JOHN WALSH SHOW. This exclusive interview is scheduled to air Monday, November 18, 2002 (syndicated, check local listings for time and station).
In her first interview in over two years, Buttafuoco reveals details of her experience that have never been disclosed until now as she tells Walsh about the past ten tumultuous years of her life and even shows the audience the bloody clothes she wore when she was shot. Buttafuoco explains, From day one it was a soap opera, a media circus it became about Joey and Amy. What was lost was that I was almost murdered.
Buttafuoco reveals that it was she who was responsible for Amy Fishers last minute cancellation on Foxs recent Celebrity Boxing special, Im a nice lady, but not that nice, she admits. When she heard that Fisher was to fight fellow media bad girl Tonya Harding, I flipped out she continues. I called up the parole board and said this is a person who shot me in the head by allowing her to profit from this crime you are sending a bad message. I can make a big public stink or you can make this go away quietly. The parole board immediately nixed Fishers participation.
In another exclusive, Buttafuoco reveals that her anger at Fisher and the media combined with the intense pain caused by her injury, resulted in a drug dependence that culminated in a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic in 1998. Since then, Buttafuoco says she has let go of her anger and reads Fisher’s letter of apology sent to her from jail. This episode marks the first time Fisher’s letter has ever been read on television. Buttafuoco acknowledges that she helped Fisher win parole but insists she is no pushover when it comes to Fisher.
It was May 19, 1992 when Buttafuocos life was forever changed. What began as a normal day turned instantly into tragedy for her when her husbands alleged teenage lover, 17-year-old Fisher, shot her in the face on her front doorstep. The high school senior was alleged to have been secretly carrying on an affair with Buttafuocos husband, Joey. Enraged that Joey would not leave his wife, Fisher decided to take matters into her own hands. Her shooting made national headlines as details surfaced about the alleged lurid affair between the 37-year-old Joey and the young Fisher.
Also appearing on the episode is Kim Goldman Hahn, whose brother Ron Goldman was savagely killed along with Nicole Brown Simpson in one of the most notorious murders of our times. The tragedy resulted in a high-profile trial that thrust Goldman into the media spotlight and made her a household name.
Though her family won their civil suit against O.J. Simpson for her brothers wrongful death, Goldman tells Walsh that she still grieves every day and her anger at the killer has not diminished over the years, No words can capture the emotion of seeing him in the media enjoying himself and walking the streets. Of her and her fathers attempts to collect on their award of damages, she says, The eyes of this beast were the last sight my brother saw he was found with his eyes open. I want to make sure that the beast will have to see our faces for the rest of his life.
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