More than 25 years after she earned a lifetime of infamy for cutting off her husband John's penis, Lorena Bobbitt revisited the incident on the national stage ahead of the release of a new docu-series that examines the calamitous cutting — and subsequent reattachment.
During a Friday interview with "Today," Lorena, 48, both reflected on the grisly deed that catapulted her name into headlines around the world and spoke on it from a more modern perspective. The sit-down was aired ahead of the release of Amazon’s “Bobbit,” executive produced by Jordan Peele.
“Oh my god, how could you regret something that was not planned?” she asked the program. “You have to understand: I wasn’t in my right mindset.”
She also said that she doesn’t “remember anything” or “how it happened.”
In 1993, Lorena, an Ecuadorian manicurist, sliced off her husband John's penis allegedly following a violent domestic dispute.
Afterward, she would get charged with “malicious wounding,” according to NBC News, and use her trial to tell the world the domestic violence she endured was not an isolated incident but a regular, brutal ritual.
John Bobbitt was ultimately acquitted of rape and later had his penis surgically re-attached.
On Friday, Lorena, who now goes by her maiden name, Gallo, told “Today” that she feels her experience with domestic violence should have been the focus of the incident.
“The real story here is about a victim,” she said. “It’s about domestic violence.”
In fact, Lorena framed her trying experience as a missed opportunity — especially in the age of #MeToo.
"People actually miss the opportunity, not only to talk about the serious issue but about how a victim is already a victim of abuse or horrendous abuse," Lorena told “Today,” according to NBC News. "And then I go to be victimized again by the media and, us, society. So it was very difficult."
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