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Mary Jo Buttafuoco: 25 Years After Being Shot in the Face, She Can Smile Again Thanks to Nerve Surgery

On May 19, 1992, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot in the head on the front porch of her home in Massapequa, New York. The shooter: 17-year-old Amy Fisher, a high school student who was having an affair with Mary Jo’s husband, Joey.

Miraculously, Mary Jo survived the attack. She moved on with her life. She divorced her husband in 2003, and began living a quiet life away from the spotlight — except for the occasional TV appearance.

She married Queens businessman Stu Tendle in 2010 — the same year she released a book, Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know.

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But the injuries have lingered: she was partially paralyzed on one side of her

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Inside the sex scandal that brought down a multi-million dollar televangelist empire when a pastor ‘raped’ his …

A new TV show explores how the Jessica Hahn sex scandal took down a multi-million dollar televangelist empire.

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were famous in the 1980s for their successful TV ministry PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, later called The Jim and Tammy Show. 

But the Christian conglomerate was all but destroyed after a local newspaper unearthed a shocking scandal – that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 to Jessica Hahn, a church secretary.

That thread quickly unraveled an even bigger scandal after the Charlotte Observer found that Hahn had allegedly been paid the cash as hush money, after she was allegedly raped by Bakker in a hotel room in 1980 when she was 21. 

Bakker would later acknowledge that he’d had sex with the secretary but claimed it was consensual.

The upcoming episode of Scandal Made Me Famous will examine the scandal and speak to the

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How a Sexual Assault Scandal Led to the Uncovering of a $158 Million Crime in a Televangelist Empire

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After Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker Left PTL Club

Despite the millions that the Bakkers stole from the church, it was the sex scandal that led to their ministry’s undoing.

Following Jim’s departure from PTL club, rival preacher, Jimmy Swaggart tried to take control of the TV empire. However, Swaggart was later exposed for his own sex scandal.

Ultimately, Jerry Falwell, the Moral Majority founder, took over the ministry. He stepped in only to discover that PTL had debt amounting in the millions and that money raised for hotel timeshares had been rerouted to other places.

Jim and Tammy Faye divorced in 1992. She went on to marry their close friend Roe Messner, who was the one to come up with the hush money to pay off Hahn. Messner was later jailed for bankruptcy fraud while Tammy Faye went on to reinvent herself as a reality TV star and self-help author. She passed away at the age

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A new show explores how the Jessica Hahn (pictured in 1988) scandal took down a televangelist empire

A new show explores how the Jessica Hahn sex scandal took down a multi-million dollar televangelist empire.

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were famous in the 1980s for their successful TV ministry PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, later called The Jim and Tammy Show. 

But the Christian conglomerate was all but destroyed after a local newspaper unearthed a shocking scandal – that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 to Jessica Hahn, a church secretary.

That thread quickly unraveled an even bigger scandal after the Charlotte Observer found that Hahn had allegedly been paid the cash as hush money, after she was allegedly raped by Bakker in a hotel room in 1980 when she was 21. Bakker would later acknowledge that he’d had sex with the secretary but claimed it was consensual.

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Runaway Bride Jennifer Wilbanks: Where Is She Now?

Jennifer Wilbanks was scheduled to marry her then-fiancee, John Mason in April 2005. It was going to be a lavish event: There would be 28 members of the wedding party and more than 600 guests were invited.

But just days before the wedding, Wilbanks vanished without a trace, sparking a nationwide manhunt. Her distraught family made the rounds on the cable networks, pleading for her return and saying that she wasn’t the type of person to run off.

They were wrong.

Wilbanks, then 32, emerged three days later and claimed that she had been taken hostage by a Latino man and caucasian woman while she was out for a run. According to Wilbanks, the couple had driven her from Duluth, Georgi,a to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they had sexually assaulted her in a van.

She later recanted her story, admitting she’d actually fled

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‘Runaway Bride’ Jennifer Wilbanks’ bizarre story told on Scandal Made Me Famous

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Jennifer Wilbanks, who became known as the ‘Runaway Bride’ after fleeing to avoid getting married

Jennifer Wilbanks was so desperate to avoid getting married to her soon-to-be-husband that she fled more than 1,400 miles then pretended she’d been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

Wilbanks was due to marry John Mason in April 2005 in a lavish wedding with 600 guests.

But to avoid it she left Duluth, Georgia, and fled to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Her sudden disappearance sparked a manhunt across the US with some speculating whether Mason had killed her.

Three days later — after a $100,000 reward was put up by relatives in a bid to find her — she finally rang Mason, as well as 911, and lied that she had been taken hostage by a Hispanic man and a Caucasian woman while out for a run.

Get the lowdown

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Insider Says Mary Kay Letourneau And Vili Fualaau’s Relationship Isn’t Over

Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau may have filed for a legal separation after their illicit marriage in 2005, but a source close to the couple says that they still love one another and this may not be the end of their relationship.

The pair met in 1996 when Mary Kay LtTourneau was an elementary school teacher and Vili was in her class. The teacher got pregnant two times with his child twice before he was 15. After tying the knot in 2005, it was theorized that perhaps the weight of Vili’s life at such a young age got to him and he eventually was unable to cope with all of the responsibility.

Despite their massive age difference, however, friends and neighbors of the couple have said that they were a relatively normal family.

And although they may be separating, this may not be the end for the pair. An insider recently

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Mary Kay Letourneau Still Loves Vili Fualaau, Says Source: ‘This Isn’t Over’

By now, everybody knows the story.

In 1996, elementary school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau began an illicit sexual relationship with one of her sixth-grade students, Vili Fualaau. He was 12.

After receiving a relatively light sentence for child rape, she was unable to stay away from him and was re-arrested when she was caught having sex with him, again, in a car. She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Letourneau became pregnant twice before Fualaau was 15.

LeTourneau and Fualaau eventually got married in 2005 and raised their children in Washington State. She worked as a paralegal; he was a DJ. Earlier this year, the couple filed for legal separation.

But a source close to LeTourneau tells PEOPLE that the separation is not necessarily the end. “This couple loves each other,” says the source, who is in communication with the 55-year-old. “They have two children

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Mary Kay Letourneau Still Loves Vili Fualaau: Source – People

By now, everybody knows the story.

In 1996, elementary school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau began an illicit sexual relationship with one of her sixth-grade students, Vili Fualaau. He was 12.

After receiving a relatively light sentence for child rape, she was unable to stay away from him and was re-arrested when she was caught having sex with him, again, in a car. She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Letourneau became pregnant twice before Fualaau was 15.

Letourneau and Fualaau eventually got married in 2005 and raised their children in Washington state. She worked as a paralegal; he was a DJ. Earlier this year, the couple filed for legal separation.

But a source close to Letourneau tells PEOPLE that the separation is not necessarily the end. “This couple loves each other,” says the source, who is in communication with the 55-year-old. “They have two children

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At 12, Student Vili Fualaau Allegedly Bet A Friend He Could ‘Seduce’ Teacher Mary Kay

Even though Mary Kay Letourneau was 34 and raising four children with then-husband Steven Letourneau, that didn’t stop 12-year-old Vili Fualaau from allegedly making a bet with one of his friends, claiming that he could seduce her.

“I think what was motivating him was he was a young, pubescent boy who was lusting after the hot teacher and thought ‘I can do this,’” says Linda Byron Lippingcott, former reporter at KING-TV, in the clip.

In Reelz’s latest Scandal me Famous episode, Mary Kay Letourneau, interviews from media professionals tell all on the controversial teacher-student affair that shocked the nation in 1996.

“There are some people that think ‘look, you can’t do that, she’s predatory, he’s a little boy,’ and then there are people who feel that at 13, 14, some boys kind of knew what they wanted, and they were very curious about sex and who they

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