Perennial punchline Joey Buttafuoco is once again enjoying the warm and familiar embrace of the American judicial system. The recidivist body shop owner has been accused of violating his probation after he was found with illegal ammunition in an August 2005 search of his Chatsworth, Calif. home.
Joey's rise to prominence began in 1992 when his then-girlfriend, teen Amy Fisher, shot his then-wife, Mary Jo, in the face, causing a bit of a media hubbub. As might be expected, this led to no less than three made-for-TV movies, ongoing Howard Stern appearances and a 'Celebrity Boxing' nail-biter against the female wrestler formerly-known-as-Chyna, Joanie Laurer. TMZ caught up with Joey outside the San Fernando Superior Court Tuesday (Nov. 15) after he was granted a continuance on this case.
Speaking with TMZ correspondent Patti Bartos-Fellows, Buttafuoco describes his recent appearance in an Ashanti music video, as well as his new business venture: a soft-serve ice cream truck servicing Hollywood's premiere movie lots. Joey is currently on probation following a 2004 conviction for auto insurance fraud.
Coincidentally, Joey's ex-wife, Mary Jo, will be today's (Nov. 16) guest star on The Oprah Winfrey Show, no doubt describing in detail the trauma of being married to a man who was a slave to his passions: teenage girls, graft and soft-serve ice cream.
Watch as TMZ interviews Joey Buttafuoco with the help of famed criminal defense attorney Tony Brooklier.