LAS VEGAS — A man whose domestic troubles gained notoriety when his then-wife cut off his penis in 1993 has again been acquitted of a domestic battery charge.
John Wayne Bobbitt, 38, acknowledged a pattern of domestic trouble after Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Toy Gregory ruled Tuesday that Bobbitt’s estranged wife, Joanna Ferrell, had not been injured.
“I’ve always had a problem with judgment, particularly when it comes to women,” Bobbitt said.
He was convicted in February 2003 of battery involving Ferrell, prompting a northern Nevada judge to revoke his probation and send him to prison for his role in a 1999 store theft.
Bobbitt was acquitted of a domestic violence charge in Las Vegas after an August 2004 incident involving Ferrell and her teenage son.
Ferrell, Bobbitt’s third wife, accused him of hurting her when he pushed her to the ground during arguments at home Sept. 14 and outside his moving company job Sept. 17 in an industrial section of Las Vegas.
Bobbitt denied pushing Ferrell. He filed for divorce in late September, and his lawyer, Barry Levinson, said Wednesday the divorce should be final within days.
Bobbitt gained fame when his first wife, Lorena, cut off his penis at their apartment in Manassas, Va. She was found innocent by reason of insanity after arguing that Bobbitt abused her.
He had a brief career as a porn star and moved from Virginia to Nevada after surgery to reattach his penis. He has worked at a brothel, as a bartender and as a tow truck driver.
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