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Tonya Harding: "I Was Scared" After 1994 Attack on Nancy Kerrigan

10 January 2018, 12:51 | Clyde Nash

Tonya Harding and Timothee Chalamet during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Tonya Harding and Timothee Chalamet during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

I, Tonya was nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Actress for Robbie, and Best Supporting Actress for Janney (she won). The film largely portrays Harding as a sympathetic figure who was forced into figure skating by her cruel mother and later abused by her husband, Jeff Gillooly, who helped mastermind the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.

"Rivals, no", Harding says. "She's a pariah in our sport and she shouldn't be forgiven for basically, possibly having the opportunity of ruining somebody's life".

Nancy had to pull out of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer after Shane Stant hit her above the knee, leaving her bruised and unable to compete, eventually leading to a media frenzy around the incident. "You did know what was happening?"

But for Harding, things didn't entirely go as planned during an interview via satellite on "Good Morning Britain" Tuesday with pot-stirrer Piers Morgan, whose line of questioning nearly made her cut the appearance short. As Harding says in the preview, it's hard to re-watch the now-infamous news clip of Nancy Kerrigan moments after the attack, which happened during the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Some viewers, however, found themselves wondering how one person in particular might feel if she was watching the proceedings go down: former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

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"I respect you for trying to ask these questions. I'm here to talk about the future and what it means", Harding said.

"You didn't have any knowledge at all, it was a pure coincidence?"
"She's got her life, I've got my life".

After a beaming Harding appeared front and center at the film's LA premiere last month, her public rehabilitation from pariah to honored guest continued at the Golden Globes.

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