Tonya Harding: 'I knew something was up' prior to Nancy Kerrigan attack


While Harding was a rough-around-the-edges athlete in a sport in which most toed the line in the 1990s, she still was given opportunity after opportunity to represent the United States around the world. The two are the subjects of the critically acclaimed new movie " I, Tonya".

The movie, although recalling the many bad things that happen, is surprisingly amusing in spots, especially when it comes to Gillooly trying to mastermind a scheme to upset Kerrigan.

Former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is speaking about the movie, "I, Tonya", and being at the center of the 1994 controversy once again. "I haven't seen the movie. I would feel disrespectful to her by going and sort of publicizing this frightful act that Tonya Harding had some knowledge of and that Nancy Kerrigan was the victim of - especially now when there is so much focus and attention on assault of any kind, or discrimination of any kind". "I go, 'What the hell are you talking about?'" she said. Like, that's my role in this whole thing. A new movie tackles the drama.

This week, Harding was dumped by her publicist/agent Michael A. Rosenberg for ordering that journalists who ask about the infamous incident with Kerrigan be fined $25,000.

"'I, Tonya" is now "goodbye, Tonya, '" Rosenberg wrote.

"Unfortunately, we reached an impasse today regarding how to treat the press in the future".

Tonya Harding of Portland, Ore., waves to the crowd after being presented awards for winning her second national championship during ceremonies in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Mich., Jan. 8, 1994. "I'm just busy living my life".

Kerrigan's husband, agent Jerry Solomon, later called the Globe to explain that their position is to "say nothing".

Harding, however, said the abuse wasn't isolated as Golden contends and the scene where Golden threw a steak knife that lodged in her arm indeed took place. "But it's my faith in myself and in my father that comes back to me and makes me get back up off my butt and be something worth being proud of", she said.

As far as the drinking, Harding told ABC News that she knew at age 11 half a thermos her mother would take to the rink in the morning was filled with "brandy and the rest was coffee".

"I remember asking him, 'What is going on?"