Fisher became the most famous teenager in America in 1992 when at the age of 17, she was arrested on suspicion of shooting her lover's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the head. She was subsequently charged with attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to assault in the second degree and served seven years in prison.
Joey Buttafuoco has now announced he is to lift the lid on the headline-grabbing scandal 20 years on in a new tell-all book, called Closure.
He tells TMZ.com, "Everyone thinks they know (the story) but they really don't... It's time for all of us to move on. My book is closure for everyone and our respected families. It's time."
Fisher, now 38, was released from prison in 1999 and went on to work as a journalist and write her own book, If I Knew Then..., published in 2004, before later launching a career in adult entertainment.
She appeared on reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew last year (11).
Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has challenged O.J. Simpson's one-time house guest Kato Kaelin to a boxing match as part of November's (11) televised Celebrity Fight Night event in the U.S. Also meeting in the ring: rapper Coolio vs. actor Jeremy Jackson and 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman vs. porn star Amy Fisher. As previously reported by WENN, Fisher's husband, Louis Bellera, will fight her ex-lover Joey Buttafuoco.
The two are holed up in Dennis Hof's notorious Nevada whorehouse The Bunny Ranch as Chyna attempts to get Buttafuoco fighting fit for his upcoming ring clash with Louis Bellera.
Bellera is married to Amy Fisher, who was dubbed the Long Island Lolita by the U.S. media in the early 1990s after she shot and severely wounded her lover Buttafuoco's wife Mary Jo.
Fisher, who was 17 at the time, was initially charged with first-degree attempted murder, but eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated assault and served six years in prison.
Like Chyna, she is now a porn actress.
Zeta-Jones's alleged stalker hospitalized
The woman accused of sending death threats to Catherine Zeta-Jones was hospitalized Thursday after jail personnel found her asleep on the jail floor and were unable to awaken her. The Associated Press reports Dawnette Knight, 32, took two sleeping pills that she apparently bought from someone in the Los Angeles County jail because "she just wanted a good night's sleep," her attorney said. As a result, Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg rescheduled the preliminary hearing for Friday afternoon. Yesterday, Zeta-Jones and her husband, Michael Douglas, testified during the preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to send Knight to trial. During the proceedings, Zeta-Jones read aloud from 19 of the letters that were sent to her employees, family members and friends. One suggested, "We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs." Knight, was arrested June 3 at her Beverly Hills, Calif. apartment after authorities traced several letters and phone calls. She was charged with one felony count of stalking and 24 felony counts of making criminal threats, and was held on $1 million bail.
Anderson makes brief court appearance
Anthony Anderson, who was charged Wednesday with raping a Memphis, Tenn., woman, made a brief court appearance yesterday in Shelby County General Sessions Court to say he understands that he is accused of rape and has legal representation, the AP reports. The 33-year-old actor avoided reporters by using a side door to the courtroom generally reserved for judges. The unidentified woman has accused Anderson and a production assistant of luring her into a trailer on the set of the film Hustle & Flow and then sexually assaulting her. Both Anderson and Wayne Witherspoon, an assistant director, deny wrongdoing. They are free on $20,000 bond each. A hearing was also set Aug. 19 for lawyers to tell the court if they're ready to go forward with the case.
Boy injured at Jackson's Neverland Ranch
A 15-year-old boy riding an all-terrain vehicle at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch was hospitalized after the vehicle flipped, the AP reports. County officials told the Santa Barbara News-Press a security guard at the ranch directed paramedics to the victim, who was at or near the main house. It wasn't immediately known if Jackson was at the ranch. The boy was lifted out of the ranch, about 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, Calif., by a helicopter and taken by ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was listed in good condition. Jackson, 45, pleaded innocent in December to seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent.
Brandy engaged to b-baller
Singer and former Moesha star Brandy is engaged to pro basketball player Quentin Richardson, the AP reports. Richardson, 24, surprised the 25-year-old Brandy with an 11-1/2-carat diamond ring valued at $1 million at a reception Tuesday at Los Angeles' Century Club, People magazine reported Thursday. The engagement announcement conveniently comes a week after Brandy's ex, music producer Robert Smith, said the singer's claims they were married was actually a ruse to protect the image of Brandy, who at the time pregnant with their daughter, Sy'rai. Brandy and Smith broke up in early July of last year, a year after the birth of their daughter.
Judge wants doctor's note from Rosa Parks
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who sued OutKast over claims their 1998 single "Rosa Parks" constituted false advertising and infringed on her trademark rights, has been ordered to provide medical proof to explain why she cannot testify in the lawsuit. Lawyers for Parks, who wants her name removed from future versions of the record, say the 91-year-old woman suffers from an unspecified medical condition and cannot testify. During a hearing in Detroit Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer also excluded OutKast from the lawsuit, leaving only BMG as a defendant, because the individual members were not named in the suit and the group's name was incorrect, the AP reports. A jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 10. The song in question only mentions Parks' name in its title. The song's chorus is: "Ah-ha, hush that fuss. Everybody move to the back of the bus."
Long Island Lolita pens autobiography
Amy Fisher, who spent seven years in prison for shooting her lover's wife in the face in 1992, is releasing an autobiography titled If I Knew Then... this fall, the AP reports. Fisher was released from prison in 1999 after serving seven years for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the head during a confrontation outside Buttafuoco's Massapequa home. At the time, Fisher was having an affair with her husband, auto mechanic Joey Buttafuoco. The book's co-author, Robbie Woliver, said Thursday that Fisher, now 29, is now married and raising a young son in an undisclosed Long Island community. The Buttafuocos, meanwhile, have since moved to California and are no longer married. The paperback starts with Fisher's troubled childhood, details her relationship with Buttafuoco, her prison time and her rehabilitation in the past five years.
Miss America pageant drops talent portion of contest
The Miss America pageant, which has steadily decline in viewership over the last few years, is eliminating the "talent" portion from its competition, the AP reports. The talent routines were first introduced in 1935 in a bid to make Miss America more than a beauty contest, and the custom became mandatory in 1938. But the routines, which typically feature baton twirling and opera singing, have by and large turned viewers off. The casual, swimsuit and evening wear elements of the contest will each count for 20 percent this year's score instead. The talent routines will still be included in the three nights of preliminary competition leading up to crowning, but just one contestant chosen by the pageant's producers will perform live, after the selection of the five finalists for Miss America 2005.
Nickelodeon will go ahead with its scheduled telecast for children about same-sex parents Tuesday night despite 100,000 e-mails and phone calls in protest of the show, The Associated Press reports. In fact, the network received so many e-mails that it had to set up a separate address to avert a computer crash.
Nick News Special Edition: My Family Is Different, a half-hour discussion produced by Linda Ellerbee, is being targeted by the Washington-based Traditional Values Coalition, which believes Nickelodeon is actively promoting the normalization of homosexuality. Ellerbee, who won a Peabody Award for a Nickelodeon special explaining the Monica Lewinsky scandal for children, maintains the show is about tolerance, not sex. The program, which also features gay parent Rosie O'Donnell, airs commercial-free tonight at 9 p.m. EDT.
Newlyweds Paul McCartney and Heather Mills arrived in the tropical Seychelles islands this week following their Irish wedding, Reuters reports. Although the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation would not divulge the couple's exact whereabouts, locals say the McCartneys are vacationing on the privately run, paparazzi-free Fregate Island.
Actress Tea Leoni and husband David Duchovny have a new 7-pound, 10-ounce baby boy, the AP reports. It's the second child for Leoni, 36, and Duchovny, 41, who were married in 1997. They have a 3-year-old daughter named Madelaine West Duchovny.
A Long Island newspaper has hired Amy Fisher to write a biweekly column, the AP reports. Fisher's first column will appear in the July 3 issue of The New Island Ear. Otherwise known as the Long Island Lolita, Fisher, now 28, made headlines in 1992 after she shot and wounded the wife of auto mechanic Joey Buttafuoco, with whom she was having an affair.
World Wrestling Entertainment star Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, is in talks to play the famous Hawaiian warrior-king Kamehameha in an upcoming film for Columbia Pictures. The movie would be the first feature film based on Hawaii's most famous king, who ruled the islands from 1795 to 1819, the AP reports.
NBC is producing a new comedy about six single friends, targeted for a potential midseason launch, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Coupling, a comedy based on a British series of the same name, is being referred to by the network as Friends with sex. It focuses on a group of thirtysomethings looking to get involved or who are formerly involved with one another.
Captain Kirk's command chair from the original Star Trek series is being sold at auction in Los Angeles on June 27, Wired.com reports. Fans can place bids for the chair, first used by Jeffrey Hunter as the early Captain Christopher Pike, through eBay. The gray plywood chair with a Naugahyde-covered seat, wooden armrests and plastic control buttons comes with an authentication letter and is valued somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000.
Plans for a Grateful Dead reunion concert are alive and kicking. Clear Channel Entertainment is appealing a decision by a Walworth County highway committee to deny it a permit. Clear Channel Entertainment, which is promoting Terrapin Station--A Grateful Dead Family Reunion at its East Troy, Wis., music theater, was denied a permit for the show earlier this month because of concerns that the county's 80 sheriff deputies could not handle the expected draw of some 200,000 fans. An appeals hearing is set for June 27.
Most of the independent movie theater owners in Quebec are refusing to book Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones, Variety reports, because distributor 20th Century Fox is making demands that the owners consider unreasonable. Fox wants 70 percent of box office receipts for the first three weeks, rather than the usual first week, and is insisting the film stay in each theater's biggest hall for 12 weeks. Clones also comes out two weeks before the release of the French-language hit Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, which would force theaters to relegate this high-profile sequel to smaller theaters. Clones will open Thursday on only 86 screens across the province, but on almost none of the 363 independent screens.
Hollywood darling Gwyneth Paltrow has won strong praise for her performance at the British premiere of Proof Wednesday night, Sky News reports. Paltrow plays the daughter of a mad mathematical genius in her West End debut. Valentine Low of London's Evening Standard described the Oscar winner's performance as virtually flawless.
Actress Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes on the HBO hit series Sex and the City, received a summons for allegedly blocking the sidewalk outside City Hall in New York on Tuesday while protesting budget cuts to schools, The Associated Press reports. Nixon and 11 other protestors were charged with disorderly conduct and will have to appear in court at a later date.
Worried about becoming the object of a media feeding frenzy, German model Claudia Schiffer and her boyfriend, film producer Matthew Vaughn, are keeping their wedding plans a secret. About the only thing known is that a Church of England official told Reuters that the couple had been granted a special license to marry in the eastern English county of Suffolk.
Arson has been ruled out as the cause of a fire that destroyed the summer home of Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton in Cape Cod, Mass., Launch.com reports. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze that gutted the house and a nearby barn that was near--but not part of--Hamilton's property.
Tina Wesson, the winner of Survivor: The Australian Outback, is lending her support to the Arthritis Foundation in hopes of helping the organization raise up to $250,000 and awareness for rheumatoid arthritis--a disease she has herself. One dollar will be donated for each person who registers through the Survive and Succeed campaign Web site.
R&B singer Tyrese is in talks to star in the sequel to last summer's hit The Fast and the Furious alongside Paul Walker.
Josh Hartnett has been cast in the action/adventure film Wish You Were Here, about four friends who try to smuggle a fortune out of Morocco, Variety reports. No director is attached to the project yet.
Sexy Beast star Ben Kingsley is in negotiations to star in Suspect Zero as an avenging former FBI agent dedicated to hunting down serial killers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which will be directed by E. Alias Merhige, goes into production in New Mexico in August.
Fox has decided to cancel the James Cameron sci-fi action series Dark Angel, Daily Variety reports. The network cited low ratings as the reason behind the cancellation. The show, which stars Jessica Alba, never transcended its cult status and ranked 125th among primetime series.
Fox dropped John Wayne Bobbitt from its scheduled Celebrity Boxing bout against Joey Buttafuoco after Bobbitt was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife, the AP reports. Bobbitt, who came to fame when his ex-wife cut off his penis in 1993, was replaced by former World Wrestling Federation star Joanie "Chyna" Laurer for the match.
The Osbourne Family Album will be released on June 11 by Epic Records and will feature a track by youngest daughter Kelly, a cover of Madonna's 1986 hit "Papa Don't Preach." The album will also feature Pat Boone's version of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and John Lennon's "Imagine," Reuters reports.
This year's Black Entertainment Television Awards will honor boxer Muhammad Ali and R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire on June 25. Ali will receive BET's Humanitarian Award while Earth, Wind & Fire will get a Lifetime Achievement Award, the AP reports.
Actor-turned-publicist Ray Stricklyn died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a battle with chronic emphysema, the AP reports. He was 73. Stricklyn, who represented stars like Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor, starred in several feature films, including The Catered Affair and Ten North Frederick.
Director Steven Spielberg wanted this E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to be something extra special. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the film's release this Friday will have more than 140 shots reworked, including making the little alien more lifelike and replacing the figurine of Elliot riding his flying bicycle in front of the moon with a real child. Bill George, who supervised the special effects changes for Industrial Light & Magic told The Associated Press, "What worked in 1982 doesn't quite hold up."
Singer Sir Elton John, actors Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson and other British celebrities signed a petition to free 23 gay Egyptians who are imprisoned because of their "habitual practice of debauchery" after attending a boat party in Cairo, Reuters reported. The campaign, led by Michael Cashman, British Labor member of the European Parliament, will try and change Egyptian policies on homosexuality, which the mainly Muslim majority considers taboo.
While promoting her new movie Showtime on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday, actress Rene Russo, 48, publicly thanked Rosie O'Donnell for her outspoken opposition to a Florida ban on gay adoption and admitted she herself had been raised by lesbian friends of her mother after her father left. "I wanted to call my mom to say, look, mom, I'm going on national television to say thank you for all your friends, because she was just pretty much abandoned and a lot of her friends came and helped her to raise me and my sister," Russo said on the show.
Britain's Prince William's life is coming to the small screen. Walt Disney Co. will be producing a television movie entitled Prince William, which will follow the then 15-year-old young prince from the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a car wreck in 1997 to the present. No one has been cast, but Disney-owned ABC hopes to air the movie by fall on Wonderful World of Disney.
Do we want to keep Watching Ellie? Maybe not. Since the NBC show starring Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus debuted Feb. 26, the ratings have been sliding steadily, fueling speculation that it will be yanked soon and become another notch in the legendary Seinfeld curse. NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker told the Daily News, however, "We feel very positive. It's been a solid performer. Obviously, it's too early to make any announcements." Sure. He's paid to say that.
Just when you thought it was safe to turn your TV back on, there is going to be more celebrity boxing. Because of the success of last Wednesday's special, which drew in 15.5 million people, Fox is going in for round two. Someone of the "boxers" being considered are Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire bride Darva Conger and Joey Buttafuoco, whose wife was shot by his lover, Amy Fisher.
A British court heard testimony regarding charges against REM guitarist Peter Buck, who apparently had a little too much to drink on a British Airways flight in April 2001, created a disturbance and assaulted one of the cabin crew in a fit of rage. Buck is denying any misconduct.
Anglophile Madonna will be performing the theme song to the next James Bond flick Die Another Day, the 20th in the series, due to be released Nov. 22. She may also put in a cameo, if she can work it into her schedule.
Sebastian Bach, the former lead singer for the heavy metal band Skid Row, has been arrested for making "terrorist threats" and drug possession Wednesday. In what started as a bar fight, Bach got into an altercation with a Middleton, New Jersey bartender and threatened to get a gun to shoot him. When authorities arrived, they took the singer into custody after finding two bags of marijuana in his possession. A court date remains to be set.