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John Wayne Bobbitt Back in Jail

June 25, 2002

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LAS VEGAS (AP) _ John Wayne Bobbitt was back in jail Tuesday after authorities in Las Vegas accused him of violating terms of his house arrest.

His lawyer, Barry Levinson of Las Vegas, accused authorities of harassing Bobbitt, who gained fame in 1993 when his first wife cut off his penis.

Bobbitt was being held at the Clark County Detention Center for violating restrictions imposed by a Churchill County judge. The judge confined Bobbitt to house arrest after he was arrested May 13 in Las Vegas on an assault complaint by his wife of less than two months.

The 35-year-old admitted guilt to four of five probation violations on June 4, and Churchill County District Judge Archie Blake told Bobbitt he could leave home only to work at his job with a moving company. He already was on five years’ probation after pleading guilty in 1999 to attempted grand larceny.

Joanne Bobbitt, 31, now wants authorities to drop the domestic violence charge against her husband, Levinson said.

Bobbitt was due Aug. 6 for a Churchill County hearing on the remaining probation charge.

He’s worked at a brothel, as a bartender and a tow truck driver since moving from Virginia to Nevada after surgery to reattach his penis.

His first wife, Lorena Bobbitt, was found innocent by reason of insanity in the assault. She argued that Bobbitt abused her.

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