John Wayne Bobbitt is revisiting a night he’ll never forget in a sneak peek at “The Bobbitts: Love Hurts,” a two-hour documentary airing on ABC in January.
Looking back on the fateful evening 25 years ago — when his then-wife, Lorena Bobbitt, sliced off his penis with a kitchen knife — John recalls the first moments after waking up and realizing what had happened.
“I cleared my thoughts, applied pressure and went to wake my friend up to tell him to get me to the hospital,” he tells Amy Robach.
John says his friend — who was staying at the home at the time — started screaming “as soon as he saw the blood everywhere,” but managed to drive him to the hospital.
“He was going crazy, drove me the hospital and got me there within 10 minutes,” Bobbitt explains. “It was a nightmare. Walking into the hospital, the doctor’s looking at me, show me your wrist.”
The doctors at Prince William Hospital didn’t realize what the source of the blood was at first, thinking Bobbitt had simply cut his hand. When Bobbitt finally showed the doc what happened, “his jaw dropped,” John explained.
Back in 1993, the Bobbitts became tabloid staples after the absolutely insane case made headlines everywhere. Lorena later accused her husband of physical and sexual abuse, her husband’s penis was reattached and she was acquitted of all criminal charges, the jury labeling her temporarily insane due to abuse and mental illness. Unsurprisingly, they then split.
John Bobbitt denied all accusations of abuse and was found not guilty of marital sexual assault.
In the upcoming special, ABC said John will share “new details about the 1993 events, what he went through in the aftermath of the attack and his life now.” The documentary’s aim is to “examine the case’s lasting impact on issues of domestic violence, particularly through the #MeToo and Time’s Up lens.”
The “20/20” special airs Friday, January 4 on ABC.