Mary Jo Buttafuoco: Amy Fisher Shooting Me in the Face Was ‘the End of My Life as I Knew It’

In a split second, Mary Jo Buttafuoco‘s whole world was turned upside down. She shares her firsthand account of getting shot in the face by husband Joey Buttafuoco‘s teenage mistress on Scandal Made Me Famous: Amy Fisher, debuting on Saturday, November 19. Watch a preview in the video above!

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In Us Weekly‘s exclusive sneak peek at the Reelz special, Mary Jo, 61, opens up about getting attacked at her Nassau County, New York, home in May 1992 by then-17-year-old Amy Fisher, with whom Joey had been having an affair.

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Just before the firearm went off, Mary Jo was not aware of any potential danger. “I never saw a gun,” she reveals. “She didn’t threaten me with anything. I just turned, and I put my hand on the door to open it, and that was the end of it. That was the end of my life as I knew it.” 

“I felt that explosion,” she explains of the gunshot. “It felt like someone had taken a bat and hit me, but it didn’t hurt. That’s what was so odd.”

After the gun blast, Mary Jo was found unconscious by her neighbors, who then had her promptly airlifted to the hospital.

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Former Nassau County prosecutor Fred Klein explains that the case was initially a bit baffling, given that there were no eyewitnesses. “The husband’s accounted for — he had an alibi, so he didn’t do it. Who else would have done this? What other enemies did she have? Was there some crazy psycho on the loose shooting housewives in Massapequa? Was it a robbery gone bad? Was there some grudge against the family?”

Watch the intense clip above. Scandal Made Me Famous: Amy Fisher premieres on Reelz Saturday, November 19, at 9 p.m. ET.

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