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Amy Fisher Suit Claims Prison Rape

July 24, 1996 GMT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Amy Fisher, who charges she has been raped, photographed nude and sexually harassed by prison guards, filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking nearly a half-billion dollars in damages.

Fisher, 21, is serving five to 15 years at Albion Correctional Facility for shooting the wife of her former lover, Joey Buttafuoco. The case made national headlines in tabloids that dubbed her the ``Long Island Lolita.″

The federal lawsuit filed by Fisher and her mother, Roseann, asks for $20 million in damages from each of 22 state prison officials and guards, as well as transfer to another prison.


``She has been the target of a consistent pattern of sexual and other abuse by various members of the correctional staff at the facility,″ the lawsuit said.

State Department of Correctional Services officials said the suit is a ploy by Fisher to get transferred to a federal prison in Danbury, Conn., which is closer to her Long Island home.

``All of this inmate’s tirades have the single purpose of allowing her to pick the prison in which she is incarcerated,″ prisons spokesman James Flateau said.

Flateau said Fisher and her lawyers have refused to provide any evidence of her claims until she is moved out of Albion, where she is in solitary confinement for sending love letters to a guard.

Fisher’s lawsuit charges she was raped several times in various parts of the prison, including housing units, a stairwell, the guards’ bathroom and the library.

After one incident, Fisher said she managed to sneak her semen-stained underwear to her mother, who had it analyzed by a laboratory. The analysis showed DNA from two people other than Fisher on the underwear, according to the suit.

Fisher also claimed she and other inmates were forced to pose naked for guards who photographed them. Guards also groped her and made sexually suggestive comments, she said.

When she complained, high-ranking prison officials were unresponsive, the suit said.

Fisher will be eligible for parole in August 1997.