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Amy Fisher Taped Saying She Deserves a Ferrari for Pain

September 25, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ An 18-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to shooting the wife of her alleged lover says in a videotape she wants to stay in the public eye so she can have a Ferrari and conjugal visits in prison.

The 90-minute tape apparently was taken with a hidden camera and was obtained by a reporter for the syndicated television show ″Hard Copy.″

Amy Fisher is seen on the tape talking Tuesday night to a man at a gym in Massapequa. The show’s producers wouldn’t identify the man, but several newspapers said today it was Paul Makely, who owns the gym. Fisher has described him as her boyfriend.

The tape, portions of which were shown to reporters Thursday, has Fisher naming things she wants to do before going to prison: get drunk, play pool, ride dirt bikes, go waterskiing and go to the Hamptons.

Fisher is shown telling the man they should get married so they can enjoy conjugal visits after she goes to prison. He laughs at the suggestion, but Fisher says her lawyer believes requiring people to be married for such visits is unconstitutional and she would be his client in challenging the law.

″That will keep my name in the press,″ she says. ″I want my name in the press. Why? Because I can make a lot of money. I figure if I’m going through all this pain and suffering, I’m getting a Ferrari.″

Fisher pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of assault in the shooting of Mary Jo Buttafuoco. Fisher, initially charged with attempted murder, is to be sentenced in December and faces five to 15 years in prison. She could have faced 8 to 25 years on the attempted murder charge.

Reporter Raf Abramovitz wouldn’t say how he obtained the tape for ″Hard Copy.″ He said the show didn’t pay for it. The tape was to be broadcast Friday.

Newsday reported today that Fisher is set to tell her story to a screenwriter for an NBC production. Fisher was bailed out of jail with the help of a production company, KLM Productions Inc. The company put up $60,000 in return for her story.

Her lawyer, Eric Naiburg, confirmed that Fisher planned to meet with the screenwriter.

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