Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Johnny Weir I Don't Forgive Tonya Harding ... 'Did a Horrible Thing'

Johnny Weir I Don't Forgive Tonya Harding ... 'Did a Horrible Thing'

She gained global infamy after being implicated in an attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan weeks before the 1994 Olympic winter games, and then facing-off during the games in Lillehammer, Norway, against a still-convalescing Kerrigan in what was dubbed SkateGate-an event watched by a US television audience of 126 million.

We spoke with Weir the day after Harding got a shout-out at the Golden Globes. and he told us why the inspiration for "I, Tonya" doesn't deserve a pass.

But after her career had begun to decline, she was implicated in an attack on Nancy after it was revealed that her ex-husband and her bodyguard had hired a man to break Nancy's leg, preventing her from competing in the 1994 national championship. That year, just weeks before the 1994 Olympics, Harding's rival was beaten in her knee with a crowbar.

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Harding, who had a rough-around-the-edges vibe about her and grew up from humble beginnings was demonized by the media.

Morgan, 52, wasn't moved. Harding was thought to have played a part in that attack but said she didn't know about it beforehand. John Gaps, AP U.S. figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan, right, and Tonya Harding, left, join other members of the team to practice their routine, Monday, Feb. 21, 1994, Hamar, Norway.

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At that point, a flustered Harding tried to end the interview.

"Thank you so much but I think I'm going to have to say have a good night."

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"All of you should have been included", she said to Argento and Rosanna Arquette, who has also accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, but added that it's still "great" that the universal message of equality permeated the awards show. She was painted as the villain in the Kerrigan attack and had to go through a public shaming for it.

Before ending the interview, Morgan asked Harding if she knew the attack was going to happen all those years ago.

"You didn't have any knowledge at all, it was pure coincidence?" he pressed.

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