Key & Peele co-creator and Get Out director Jordan Peele is producing a documentary series for Amazon Prime about Lorena Bobbitt, who rose to tabloid and late-night joke infamy in 1993 when she cut off her abusive husband's penis. Timed to the 25th anniversary of the case, the four-part docuseries will re-examine the scandal for the #MeToo era, Entertainment Weekly reports.
On June 22, 1993, Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband John Wayne Bobbitt's penis with a kitchen knife while he was sleeping. She stated in court that he raped her earlier that night. She then threw his genitalia out the window of her car into a field. When she got home, she called 911 and emergency responders found John Wayne's penis and were able to reattach it. She was arrested and at the trial she described how her husband sexually, physically, and emotionally abused her to the point where she took this drastic action. He was acquitted of rape, and she was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
The case captured America's attention, but more for the tawdry sensationalism of the violence than what should have been a discussion about domestic and sexual assault.
"When we hear the name 'Bobbitt' we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full blown media spectacle," Peele said in a statement. "With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena's story and we're honored to help her tell it."
Lorena is executive produced by Peele and Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw, Rofé and Steven J. Berger for Number 19, Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski for Sonar. It's coming to Amazon Prime later this year.