Daytime talk show host Steve Harvey does more than gab for 44 minutes daily to keep his TV viewing audience pacified. Yes, he goes the extra mile and finds people who’ve faded from the national consciousness after leaving their indelible mark on the American psyche. His latest discovery: one Lorena Bobbitt, who’s known for the mark she left on John Wayne Bobbitt’s psyche — and elsewhere on his person. In 1993, Lorena made headlines when she hacked off John’s penis in a fit of rage. Naturally, it wasn’t enough for Harvey to bring a notorious sexual mutilator out of the shadows and put her under the lights of a TV studio — he also packed the studio with a women-only audience. And when he introduced Bobbitt, the audience erupted with an extended standing ovation. Several women were seen making a “raising the roof” gesture. Once the applause died down, Harvey wasted no time in cutting to the chase, and asked her to recall the events that led up to that fateful night on June 23, 1993.
“Well, Steve, I was young. I came to the United States [from Venezuela] when I was 18 years old. I was naive,” Bobbitt said, adding, “I wanted to live the American Dream” and have a family. Bobbitt went on to say that when she met John he was charming and nice, but a few years into their marriage the honeymoon phase quickly and dramatically unraveled. She said John began using drugs, having sex with other women and beating her. Thrown into a downward spiral, Bobbitt said it all came to a head on the night of the bloody crime.
“I found myself in the street with a penis in one hand and the knife in the other,” Bobbitt said. “So yeah, that happens.”
“It happens,” Harvey responded, making sure he’d heard her correctly as the audience chuckled.
“It happens?” Harvey said. “I’m here to tell you and to tell everyone what happens when a woman gets abused by a man,” Lorena responded. When Harvey asked why she didn’t simply leave John, Lorena said, “I didn’t know where to go,” noting that she had called the police on multiple occasions. “I didn’t know there were shelters for me to go to. And remember, I was isolated. I didn’t have my family. I felt embarrassed to talk about domestic abuse.”
Lorena was ultimately acquitted of malicious wounding charges by reason of temporary insanity and John had his penis reattached and put his repaired member to use in a very notable way some years later. Despite the entire ordeal, Lorena said she’s been able to turn the negative experience into a positive.
Read the full story at The Washington Post and watch the video above.