Of Tonya's claims that she was beaten on a regular basis, Golding said, "I didn't abuse any of my children". Golden hits her daughter repeatedly, withholds bathroom breaks, hires a heckler to fire her up, and, yes, throws a steak knife at her, striking her in the arm. The cameras caught her teary-eyed as Oprah accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award.
"She's still a powerhouse". In a lengthy New York Times profile, the famed figure skater-whose career ended after she pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution in a trial involving her rival Nancy Kerrigan, who was clubbed in the knee by her ex-husband's hired hand Shawn Eckardt-is speaking out about her portrayal in the media.
Earlier in the program, Harding said that immediately after Kerrigan's attack she felt scared, because she assumed that the attacker could still be in the building.
"I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff, where, 'Well, maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure she gets on the team.' I go, 'What the hell are you talking about?'"
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In that regard, the glamorous Robbie has more in common with Kerrigan, and more to prove in her role (Robbie followed her eye candy-ish part in "Wolf of Wall Street" with a breakout performance as the twisted comic book villain Harley Quinn three years later), building a character that's as intriguing as the scandal itself. January 26-27, 1994: Gillooly confesses to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, implicating himself, Harding, Eckardt, Smith and Shane Stant.
When asked if she recalled those previous conversations in the immediate aftermath of the attack, which prevented Kerrigan from competing in the 1994 championships, Harding said, "No, I didn't know what was going on".
That might be the funniest headline the Times has ever run.
The former figure skater will talk about the tumultuous relationship she had with both her mother, LaVona "Sandy" Golden, and her now-ex-husband Jeff Gillooly.
Hollywood loves a second act, a story about redemption. "I was about 10 feet from her, it was a steak knife", Harding told ABC. Yep, NO apology and she showed a shocking lack of remorse about the incident. A convincing story helps, too.More news: Streetwise Analysis on Shares of Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ)
Harding said she wouldn't change a thing about her life. She was edged out of a gold medal by a tenth of a point. "Now, she's happily married".
She could live to be 120, find a cure for cancer, unite North and South Korea and still the first line in her obit across the world will include Harding's name.
That should be a crime in itself.
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