John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt Trials: 1993 & 1994
John Bobbitt's Troubles Continue
The press announced that John Bobbitt was booked on a worldwide media tour billed as "Love Hurts." Within months, he was engaged to marry a former topless dancer, Kristina Elliott. But on May 6, 1994, in Las Vegas, Elliott had Bobbitt arrested for assault, asserting that he had thrown her against a wall. He pleaded not guilty. Out on bail and awaiting trial, he announced complete recovery from his celebrated surgery. "Its like it was before," he said. "There's no problem."
June found Bobbitt in court again in a paternity suit. He pleaded guilty and arranged a settlement with Beatrice L. Williams of Niagara Falls, New York. He said he was "thrilled, excited and blessed" to be the father of a 17-month-old son. Two months later, he was convicted of a misdemeanor against Kristina Elliott, his former fiancee. Observing that Bobbitt had "an attitude problem," Las Vegas Justice of the Peace William Jansen sentenced him to 60 days in jail, then suspended 45 of the days. "Your attitude problem is caused by your drinking," said the judge. He ordered therapy and membership in Alcoholics Anonymous, as John Wayne Bobbitt was led from the courtroom to jail.
In 1994 John Bobbitt starred in an X-rated movie with an all-too predictable title: "John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut."
Releasing Lorena Bobbitt after psychiatric evaluation in a mental health facility, Prince William County Circuit Court Judge Herman A. Whisenant, Jr., ordered her to undergo outpatient treatment weekly and not to leave Virginia without permission.
Both Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt continue to occasionally popup in the news. In 1996, John was ordained as a minister in the Universal Life Church. His conversion to religion did not last very long. A few years later, he took a job as a greeter at a Nevada brothel. Lorena now works as a manicurist in Virginia. In 1997, she was arrested and charged with assault on her mother. She was later acquitted of those charges.
—Bernard Ryan, Jr.
Suggestion for Further Reading
Hewit, Bill and Rochelle Jones. "Slice of Life." People Weekly (August 30, 1993): 57-8.
Margolick, David. "Wife Says She Does Not Recall Cutting." New, York Times (January 15, 1994): Bl.
—. "Witness Says Lorena Bobbitt Earlier Threatened to Maim Husband." New York Times (January 20, 1994): Bl.
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