Lorena Bobbitt made national headlines in 1993 after a particularly gruesome incident in which she cut off her husband's penis. Bobbitt's trial attracted international attention after she claimed that she had been raped and abused by her husband, leading to the attack. John, Lorena's husband, was acquited of rape (and later had his penis surgically re-attached). Lorena was similarly acquitted on the grounds of being found temporarily insane.
What led to Lorena's notorious crime and what's she been up to since?
Before the assault
During the trial, Lorena painted a particularly devastating picture of life with her husband John. She claimed that John had repeatedly abused her — sexually, physically, and emotionally. She also stated that he would regularly brag about his extramarital affairs and forced her to have an abortion. Both the defense and prosectuors ackowledged the history of abuse that led to such an extreme action.
Lorena had worked as a manicurist in Manassas, Virginia. She was 24 years old when the notorious assault went down.
In 1997 Lorena was charged with assault after attacking her mother while watching TV. According to the New York Times, Lorena's mother suffered minor injuries from the incident. Lorena potentially faced up to a year in jail and $2,500 in fines. She was eventually found not guilty.
Dating and moving on
In interviews two decades after the trial, Lorena admitted that dating after her divorce was shockingly not as difficult as one would imagine.
'Believe it or not, I had quite a few gentlemen that wanted to date me,' she told NBC4, smiling. She said that she has found a great group of friends that "don't judge anybody [and] don't judge me." She's also stopped using the last name Bobbitt and prefers her maiden name, Gallo.
Bobbitt does however continue to use her last name while working for a variety of charities, including women's shelters. "I use that name, the Lorena Bobbitt name, to help others," she said. "Something good has to come out of this tragedy like mine."
She also founded the Lorena Gallo Foundation: "The primary function of the organization is to try to prevent domestic violence through family oriented activities," says the org's Facebook page.
"All the jokes, it hurt at first," Lorena said while speaking with The Huffington Post. "Now, I don’t care. I laugh, too."
She's since settled down with her longtime partner Dave Bellinger.
What happened to John?
John became a niche fascination after having his penis surgically re-attached. He briefly entered the adult entertainment world and has talked extensively about his sexual habits after garnering infamy.
"The doctors told me I would never be able to have sex again because my injuries were so bad," Bobbitt told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "But I've proved them wrong time and time again. I believe I've slept with 70 women since the incident ... Being the most famous man to have his penis chopped off does have its advantages. It definitely has not hurt my love life - in fact it improved it ... Obviously, I would have preferred not to go through all that pain and suffering. But being famous for my penis has given me opportunities I could not have ever imagined."
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