At first glance, the name John Bobbitt may not sound familiar, but just 23 years ago, the entire nation knew more than just his name.
Back in 1993, the former Marine’s wife infamously cut off his manhood with a kitchen knife and threw it into a nearby field.
Now, John’s side of the story is being featured on the T.V. show, “Scandal Made Me Famous.”
He remembered the moment he realized what she had done, saying:
“I just didn’t want to live at that point, I just wanted to end it. It was a devastating thing to happen to you suddenly. Suicide seemed like the only answer.”
After citing abuse and infidelity, Lorena was acquitted of the attack by reason of temporary insanity.
But John recalled that the notorious case — however scary in the beginning — changed his life forever.
Once officials found his genitalia and Dr. David Berman was able to operate, John recalled it being one of the happiest moments of his life:
“I called my mom from the hospital. My mom answered, and I said, ‘Mom, I can’t believe it! I got an erection.’ My mom said, ‘I don’t want to hear that. Talk to your dad.’”
Then, his life really took a turn. Bobbitt was offered endless contracts to appear in adult films:
“My movies were the bestselling adult videos in history. I won awards for it, and I traveled around to different countries and went to award shows and stuff.”
According to the Toronto Sun, he starred in a number of adult flicks and claims he has slept with more than 70 women.
However, in the show’s trailer, people are able to see just how abusive Lorena claimed John was towards her, featuring bruises and attacks.
And because of that, he holds no ill-will towards her:
“I don’t blame Lorena. We both hurt each other. I wish her the best.”
Lorena agreed to appear on “The Steve Harvey Show” last year to reveal that she’s now remarried, wants to leave the past in the past, and most importantly, runs her own nonprofit helping domestic violence victims, called Lorena’s Red Wagon.
People have really responded to this newfound shared responsibility for the crime:
"We had issues and we didn't work on them." – John Bobbitt a.k.a. Captain Understatement #ScandalFamous
— Steve Helling (@stevehelling) November 27, 2016
— Sarah E Gray (@segray25) November 27, 2016
— Marisol (@JKsBronxGirl) November 27, 2016