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BOBBITT: I WON'T SHOW MY BOBBY; Row as porn star backs out of show.

PORN star John Wayne Bobbitt was last night at the centre of a furious row over his manhood again.

The American is booked to appear in Jim Rose's travelling freak show at Dublin's Vicar Street venue later this month.

Promoters of The Secrets of the Strange tour want Bobbitt to show Irish audiences his re-attached manhood that now ex-wife, Lorena, severed six years ago.

But last night Bobbitt, who starred in a number of porn movies where he revealed scars and all, said he was having none of it.

Speaking from his home in America, he told the Irish Mirror: "I never agreed to do that on stage in Dublin or anywhere else.

"I'm not happy about this at all and although I may upset a few people by not exposing myself, I'm sure most will understand."

In June 1993, Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband's manhood with a kitchen knife because, she claimed, he tried to force her to have sex after he had been drinking.

She then drove off and threw it out of the car window. After a search his manhood was found and doctors managed to stitch it back on.

Lorena was later cleared of assault on the basis of temporary insanity, while Bobbitt was acquitted of marital rape.

Since the incident, Bobbitt has become a porn star although he recently announced his intention to become a priest.

His latest venture, however, is trying to establish himself as a stand- up comedian.

"Instead of doing the Jim Rose show in Dublin, I want to do my own - one that has nothing to do with him," he said.

"There are certain things he wanted me to do but I just don't like them."

Dates for his own show this summer are being worked out between his agent Robert Yates and numerous venues in Ireland.

Bobbitt also wants to promote his new book Getting Cocky with John Wayne Bobbitt...The Book That Will Make You Laugh Your Balls.

"I've got some brilliant jokes about penises in the book," he said.

And he wants to hold his own show for a "private gathering".

"If people really want to see my manhood then I suppose I wouldn't mind showing them in a more private capacity," he said.

"Despite the fact that, yes, I have starred in porn movies in the past, there is a big difference between doing that and standing up on stage," he said.

Meanwhile a spokesman for Vicar Street was last night unaware of Bobbitt's decision not to appear with Jim Rose.

He said: "As far as I know, Bobbitt is coming with Jim Rose and the gig is definitely on."
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Author:Michael, Neil
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Date:Jul 1, 1999
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