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Joey Buttafuoco: The Man Who Survived a Scandal and a Shooting

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Who is Joey Buttafuoco?

Perhaps the title of this article would best explain who Joey is, a man who survived the scandal and the shooting, although he was neither the one who was shot nor the one who pulled the trigger. However, all this made him a minor celebrity, often interviewed and featured on mainstream and tabloid news programs.

Joey was born on 11 March 1956, and hails from Massapequa, New York State USA. He spent his early life in his hometown, then upon matriculating from high school in 1974, he didn’t go to college but began working as a mechanic. In 1977, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jo Connery; they have two children together, Paul and Jessica, and subsequently the family moved to Long Island, New York.

Without his scandalous life story, Joey Buttafuoco is just a regular guy from Long Island, who owned a body shop. He worked hard and lived a quiet life with his family, away from the public eye. However, one day his life changed forever.

His affair with Amy Fisher

The day which changed his life upside-down was the one when Amy Fisher entered his garage, with her father who took his car to be repaired. It was back in 1990, and at the time, Amy was 15 years old, and Joey was 34. To find a way to see him again, Amy would intentionally damage her car which she got as a present for her 16th birthday.

Allegedly, Amy and Joey began a sexual relationship in 1991, however, Amy stated later that their affair began while she was still underage.

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Shooting

Amy wanted Joey to be just with her and she was jealous of Joey’s wife, Mary Jo. On 9 May 1992, Amy came to Joey’s and Mary Jo’s house pretending to be her (fictitious) younger sister, Ann Marie. Mary Jo answered the door and Amy told her about the affair Joey and she had, offering Mary Jo a T-shirt with the logo of Joey’s auto body shop, as proof of the affair. Mary Jo said that Joey often gives those T-shirts to his customers so she didn’t believe her. They talked for about 15 minutes when the confrontation escalated and Mary Jo demanded that Amy leave the front porch of their house.

When Mary Jo turned to go inside, Amy shot her in the face with a gun. Amy dropped the T-shirt and gun and ran to the car where Peter Guagenti, the man who helped her to obtain a gun, waited for her. He told Amy to return for the shirt and the gun and they then drove off.

Mary Jo’s neighbors called 911, and she was rushed to the hospital where her surgery lasted all night; luckily, she survived. The police came and interviewed Joey who told them that Amy could be the possible shooter. The next day, when Mary Jo regained consciousness, she recognized Amy from a photo.

Amy was arrested and charged with attempted murder. On 23 September 1992, Amy pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, and was sentenced to five to 15 years jail on 2 December 1992.

Joey Buttafuoco’s arrest

The shooting and the subsequent court case received significant media attention, and after Amy was convicted, it was Joey’s turn to face the consequences. Joey, at first, claimed that he hadn’t had an affair with Amy, and that actually Amy invented their alleged relationship, so he wasn’t prosecuted.

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However, in February 1993, after Amy accused him of rape and testified against him, and produced a dated hotel receipt as evidence, Joey was charged with 19 counts of statutory rape, endangering the welfare of a child, and sodomy. Initially, he pleaded not guilty, but later changed his plea, admitting he had sex with Amy when she was 16 and that he knew her age at the time. He was sentenced to six months in prison, and was released after serving four months and nine days.

Where is Joey Buttafuoco today?

After his release from prison, Joey and his wife moved to California, but Mary Jo filed for divorce, which was finalized in 2003. Two years later, Joey married a woman named Evanka Franjko, who also filed for divorce in 2007, but later withdrew her divorce petition.

Joey had problems with the law from the late ’90s to the early 2000s. In 1995, he was charged with solicitation of prostitution – he was fined and placed on probation for two years. In 2004, he committed auto insurance fraud and was sentenced to a year of jail and five years of probation. For the rest of his life, Joey is prohibited from working in the auto body industry (in California).

In 2005, probation officers found ammunition in his home, and after Joey pleaded no contest, he served his sentence from 8 January to 28 April 2007.

What happened to Amy Fisher after prison?

In May 1999, Amy was released from prison, and began working as a columnist for the local daily newspapers. In 2003, Amy married Louis Bellera, and they have three children together. Amy’s biography “If I Knew Then…”, written by Robbie Woliver, was released in 2004.

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If you’ve wondered if Amy and Joey ever reunited, they were seen together in sessions filmed for “Entertainment Tonight” and its spin-off, “The Insider”. Amy then stated that she wants to heal and move on with her life. Amy and Joey met again in May 2007, and they were seen having dinner in one of Long Island’s restaurants. Later, a television producer, David Krief, said that it was an attempt to develop a reality-TV show.

In October 2007, various tabloids including the New York Post reported that Amy’s husband sold a sex tape of him and Amy to an American pornographic film studio, Red Light District Video. Later that month, frames from the tape showing Amy naked were posted on the studio’s website. In January 2008, Amy stated that she’d settled with the studio; she made a promotional appearance at Retox, New York City.

In the following year, Amy released her pay-per-view pornographic movie, “Amy Fisher: Totally Nude & Exposed”. Her second adult movie “Deep Inside Amy Fisher” was released in September 2010, and it was announced that this is the first of eight of Amy’s adult films. However, in 2011, she stated that she’d stopped filming pornographic movies. Four years later, she divorced her husband. As of 2023, Amy is a webcam model.

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TaJiah Gary – Who the hell is TaJiah Gary?!

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Who the hell is TaJiah Gary? Wiki Bio

TaJian Gary was born in Georgia, USA on 9 November 2000, so her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she holds American nationality. She is an Instagram star, a YouTuber, and a model, best known for the pictures she uploads in which she is wearing swimsuits and athletic wear.

Early life and education

TaJiah was raised in the USA alongside her twin brother named Tajh Gary and her older sister. Her mother is a cleaning lady while her father is a factory worker – the family is very close, often having lunch and dinner together. TaJiah was very active while attending Woodward Academy located in College Park in Georgia as she ran track and field and played soccer and lacrosse.

After matriculating from high school, TaJiah enrolled at college but didn’t study for more than half a year, as she wasn’t able to handle being both a social media personality and a model, and studying, however, she is hoping to complete her degree sometime in the future.

Career as a social media star and a musician

TaJiah launched her career on the internet when she opened her Instagram account in 2013, which is currently followed by over 330,000 people while she has uploaded nearly 180 pictures onto it. She is using her account to advise people on how to dress and do make-up, while she occasionally uploads videos of her singing and playing the piano.

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She is also active on Twitter – she launched her account in February 2013, and is currently followed by almost 85,000 people.

TaJiah is a YouTuber as well, having launched her channel on 22 June 2016, and there are currently over 64,000 subscribers to her channel, which counts over 2.6 million views of all her videos combined. She mostly uploads videos related to her everyday life, while she also produces tutorials related to clothes, hair, and singing.

She is an entrepreneur too, and has launched two online stores called BodiedbyTaJiah and Shop-Tease on which she is selling her merchandise – she is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of both of these.

TaJiah has written a guide book entitled “Bodied: 30 Day Workout Challenge”, which is being sold on her BodiedbyTaJiah website. She launched her career as a singer on 23 June 2019, with the release of her single “Lyin”, but  which has been viewed only 62 times so far.

Love life and boyfriend

TaJiah has been very secretive regarding her love life, and hasn’t talked about any boys she might have dated over the years. She uploaded a picture onto her Twitter account on 29 March 2015 with a caption reading ‘My boyfriend’ but the picture is just TaJiah’s way of making jokes as it features a four-year-old kid.

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Rumors began circulating the internet that the Instagram star might be lesbian because she hasn’t been seen with any boys, while others joined in the discussion and stated how she has been dating her high school sweetheart for years now, starting their relationship in 2017 – the two allegedly met in 2016. It is believed that they are still together, but TaJiah hasn’t confirmed any of this.

Hobbies and other interests

TaJiah is a huge fan of music, and started learning how to play the piano at the age of six, simultaneously practicing singing – some of her favorite performers and bands are Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, and No Doubt.

She enjoys watching movies in her spare time, with her favorite actors and actresses being Tom Hanks, Will Smith, and Courteney Cox, while some of her favorite movies include “Cast Away”, “Seven Pounds”, and “He’s Just Not That Into You”. She also enjoys watching animated movies with a couple of her favorites being “Despicable Me”, “Megamind”, and “How To Train Your Dragon”. She is a huge fan of fast cars, with her favorite brand being Pontiac.

TaJiah enjoys being physically active, and her dream is to learn how to ride a skateboard, while her current favorite activity is cycling around the city of Los Angeles. She is a fan of animals – she doesn’t have a pet, but occasionally volunteers at a local animal shelter.

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Appearance and net worth

TaJiah is 19 years old. She has long black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, and weighs around 136lbs (62kgs). As of early 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $600,000.

Most popular American Instagram stars

The Instagram platform has become a great place for models to share their pictures with the rest of the world, and to potentially make large amounts of money from sponsors and from Instagram itself. Five of the most popular Instagram models who come from the USA are mentioned here:

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First place is held by Kylie Jenner, whose Instagram account is currently followed by over 160 million people. She was born in Los Angeles, California on 10 August 1997 and is the star of the E! reality TV series entitled “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, while she is the founder of the Kylie Cosmetics Company. Second place is held by Kylie’s sister named Kendall Jenner, whose Instagram account has over 122 million followers. She was born on 3 November 1995 in Los Angeles, and is also a star of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.

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Gigi Hadid holds third place with well over 50 million followers. She was born in Los Angeles on 23 April 1995, and is a fashion model signed to IMG Models. Fourth place is held by Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid’s sister, whose Instagram account is followed by almost 30 million people. She was born in Washington, D.C. USA on 9 October 1996, and was voted “Model of the Year 2016” by Model.com website. Lastly, fifth place goes to Chrissy Teigen who has nearly 28 million followers on Instagram, and who was born in Delta, Utah USA on 30 November 1985 – she is also an author and a TV personality.

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Casey Simpson – Who is Ricky Harper on Nickelodeon?

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Who is Casey Simpson?

Casey West Simpson was born on 6 April 2004, in Los Angeles, California, USA, and is an actor, best known for his portrayal of the character Richard Jared ‘Ricky’ Harper in the Nickelodeon sitcom “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”. He’s also worked on numerous Nickelodeon specials during his career.

The Net Worth of Casey Simpson

As of early-2020, Casey Simpson’s net worth is estimated to be over $500,000, earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry, mostly through working with Nickelodeon, but other projects have helped him too.

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His YouTube channel shows that he is living a lavish lifestyle, including owning his own house and luxury car.

Early Life and Acting Beginnings

Growing up within the Los Angeles area, Casey was exposed to the very prevalent presence of the entertainment industry. At a young age, he showed a charm about himself which led his parents to bring him to auditions when he was three years old. He made his first television appearance through a sketch comedy segment called “Santa’, which aired on Frank TV, following which he began getting more projects, mostly commercial work.

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He showed great memorization skills which attracted more television prospects his way. In 2010, he made a guest appearance during the sixth season of the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”, in which he portrayed a younger version of Barney Stinson. The show is known for being one of the most popular and successful sitcoms of its time, and which certainly helped in building his budding resume. He then gained his first big screen role, in a Lifetime original film called “Five”, which saw him work alongside actress Demi Moore.

Path to Nickelodeon

Simpson then ventured to voice acting, finding work in the animated film “Despicable Me 2”, a franchise that became a worldwide sensation on numerous fronts, especially with the popularity of its characters known as Minions; he wasn’t credited as a part of the main cast, as he only did additional and minor voices for the film. In 2013, he had a guest role in the television show “The Goldbergs”, a period sitcom set in the 1980s, starring actors Wendi McLendon-Covey and Sean Giambrone.

In 2014, he signed to become a talent for the television network Nickelodeon, which is known for its programming aimed towards kids and teenagers.

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The network has gained fame through the airing of cartoons such as “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Fanboy & Chum Chum”, though one of its stronger aspects is its production of original live-action television sitcoms, including  “Drake & Josh”, “Kenan & Kel”, “All That”, “iCarly”, and “The Adventures of Pete & Pete”.
Numerous stars also originally came from Nickelodeon, including Ryan Reynolds, Nick Cannon, Miranda Cosgrove, Keke Palmer, and many more. The prospect of consistent acting work, great pay, and the possibility of elevating his career were too much for Simpson to ignore.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn

In 2014, Casey was cast in the Nickelodeon show “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” as the titular Ricky Harper; his three siblings were portrayed by Lizzy Greene, Aidan Gallagher and Mace Coronel – the casting had the unique premise that the four were quadruplets. At the start of the show they were nine years old, and were often in conflict with one another. For four seasons, the siblings worked with one another to help solve the problems they encountered. Their mother, Anne Harper is portrayed by Allison Munn, while Brian Stepanek played their father.

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The show achieved success for most of its run, with Casey becoming a viewer favorite as he appealed to a lot of children of his age. Thanks to his performance, he was nominated for a Young Artist award alongside the cast of the show. He was also nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for favorite television actor, showing that he was one of the most popular Nickelodeon characters at the time.

Later Career with Nickelodeon and Online Endeavors

Concurrently, Simpson participated in other Nickelodeon specials, including “Nickelodeon’s Sizzling Summer Camp Special”, “Nickelodeon’s Not So Valentine’s Special”, and the “Orange Carper: World Clash”.

He also starred in the Nickelodeon film “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”, playing the character Kyle Keeley. Following the end of his run with “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” in late 2018, he’s not yet taken any new Nickelodeon projects. This may indicate that his contract with the network has already ended, or just that he’s moved on.

In recent years, he’s become active online, transitioning from Nick star to online personality.

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He achieved strong followership on the website musical.ly, taking advantage of the traction he gained from his television work, and followed it through when musical.ly later became TikTok. The service is one of the most popular short-form video services in the world, gaining a huge amount of popularity in the US as well as in other countries. He also began uploading regularly onto YouTube, posting video blogs (vlogs), challenges, story videos, and inviting other Nickelodeon stars as guests. His channel gained over 400,000 subscribers, but his activity on it waned in 2019 and he’s not posted anything new since July 2019.

Personal Life

At age 15 Simpson is still single, and unlikely focused on finding a long term partner. As he grew up, there were assumptions made about possible romances he’s had with other Nickelodeon talents, but they’ve never been confirmed. His inactivity online and with Nickelodeon may indicate that he’s pursuing another career path, or has focused on completing his education. History has proven that not all child and teen stars go on to become actors during adulthood. Time will tell what path he chooses to follow.

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Amy Fisher: The Long Island Lolita Who Shot Her Lover’s Wife

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Who is Amy Fisher?

American woman Amy Elizabeth Fisher was born in Merrick, New York State USA, on 21 August 1974, making Leo her zodiac sign. She’s probably only known for shooting and severely wounding her lover Joey Buttafuoco’s wife Mary Jo Buttafuoco when she was only 17; she pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated assault, and was sentenced to spend five to 15 years behind bars.

Joey’s 18 years Amy’s senior, and the magazines thus referred to Amy as ‘the Long Island Lolita’; she was paroled in 1999, and has since become a pornographic actress, webcam model and author.

Education and early life

Amy was raised in Merrick by her mother Roseann Fisher and father Elliot; not a lot has been disclosed about her family, as they prefer to stay away from media, but it’s known that her father was Jewish.

Amy studied at Kennedy High School, and was interested in a number of activities during her time there, as she tried to become a cheerleader, appeared in a couple of school plays, and played soccer. She was 16 when she kept her father company while he was taking his car to Joey Buttafuoco’s auto body shop; it was then that the two met, and engaged in sexual activities less than a month later.

Amy took her GED tests while in jail, and hasn’t attended college.

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Imprisonment

Amy was obsessed with Joey, and became highly jealous of his wife Mary Jo.

She found help in auto supply salesman Peter Guagenti, who gave Amy a .25-caliber handgun and served as her getaway driver. She rang the bell on Buttafuocos’ doors, and when Mary Jo answered, Amy lied that Joey was having an affair with her younger sister; the two women talked for around 15 minutes, and Mary Jo eventually told Amy to leave and never come back. This was when Amy hit Mary Jo twice with the gun, and shot her in the head.

Mary Jo’s neighbors called the police, and the doctors performed surgery all night; the bullet wasn’t removed, but they were able to save her life. Joey told the police about Amy, and Mary Jo recognized her after she woke up the next day; Amy accepted the plea bargain on 23 September 1992.

Only a day or two later, the show “Hard Copy” played a conversation between gym owner Paul Makely and Amy, in which she spoke about her name being in all the newspapers, that the entire incident was to make her famous, and that she was going to buy a Ferrari when she’s released from prison.

Amy also filed a lawsuit against Joey, claiming that he had raped her when she was underage; Joey pleaded guilty in October 1993, and served four months behind bars.

After jail

Following her release, Amy began working for the news and lifestyle magazine “Long Island Press” as their columnist, and the year 2004 saw Robbie Woliver publish Amy’s biography “If I Knew Then…”; the book was a New York Times bestseller.

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Amy and Mary Jo reunited on the talk-show “Entertainment Tonight” in 2006, and she reunited with Joey in May 2007, when they had dinner. In the summer of 2011, she made a guest appearance in the reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”.

Amy’s husband Louis ‘Lou’ Bellera sold their sex tape to the film studio Red Light District Video in October 2007, and Amy sued them on 6 November 2007, citing copyright infringement. The two sides settled in January 2008, and Amy also reconciled with her husband; parts of the video were played on “The Howard Stern Show”.

Amy then launched her career as a pornographic actress, and her debut movie “Amy Fisher: Totally Nude & Exposed” was released on 12 January 2009; she signed a contract with Lee Entertainment and became a stripper, performing at night clubs once a month. Her second adult movie “Deep Inside Amy Fisher” came out in September 2010, but she revealed in June 2011 that she was no longer a pornographic actress, although still today working as a webcam model.

A number of movies have been made about Amy, including the 1992 “Amy Fisher: My Story”, and in 1993 “The Amy Fisher Story” and “Casualties of Love: The ‘Long Island Lolita’ Story”.

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Love life and marriage

Joey was the first man whom Amy was romantically linked to, that her fans know about, but it’s widely believed that she had dated several men prior to meeting him.

It was in 2003 that she exchanged vows with American non-celebrity man Louis ‘Lou’ Bellera, in a private ceremony attended by not more than 100 people; Louis prefers to stay away from media, and not many details about him have been disclosed. Amy gave birth to their three children in the 2000s, but their divorce was finalized in 2015.

She’s yet to speak of other men whom she’s perhaps been with, Amy’s unattached as of April 2023, was once married to Louis Bellera and has three children with him.

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Interesting facts and hobbies

Amy nowadays prefers to stay away from media, and has deleted the social media accounts which she had previously been quite active on.

She’s passionate about travelling and has been to a number of US states and many countries around the world, while her dream travel destination’s Paris, France.

Amy enjoys leading a lavish lifestyle, and can be seen staying only at the most expensive hotels when travelling.

She’s a cat-lover.

Amy’s a fan of Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman, and some of her favorite movies include “Leon: The Professional”, “Brothers” and “Black Swan”.

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Height, eyes and wealth

Amy’s age is 48. She has brown eyes and hair, her height is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) and she weighs about 120lbs (54kgs) – she’s enhanced her breasts.

Amy’s net worth’s been estimated at over $200,000, as of April 2023.

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