Tonya Harding’s publicist Michael Rosenberg has dumped Tonya Harding after she demanded journalists be fined for asking about Nancy Kerrigan

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TONYA Harding’s comeback tour just took a nightstick to the knee over her own greed and denial.

The New York Post reports that the disgraced figure skater was dumped by her own publicist/agent for demanding that journalists pay fines if they dare ask about the kneecapping Nancy Kerrigan suffered ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Ice skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Picture: AP
Camera IconIce skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Picture: APPicture: AP
Margot Robbie, right, with Tonya Harding, who she plays in I, Tonya. Picture: Splash
Camera IconMargot Robbie, right, with Tonya Harding, who she plays in I, Tonya. Picture: SplashPicture: Supplied

Michael A. Rosenberg, who represented Harding during the I, Tonya promotional tour, revealed the demand in a Facebook post (via Twitter) on Thursday.

“‘I, Tonya’ is now ‘goodbye, Tonya,’” he wrote. “Unfortunately, we reached an impasse today on how to treat the press in the future. Her adamant and final position is that reporters must sign an affidavit stating that they won’t ask her anything ‘about the past’ or they’ll be fined $US25,000 ($32,000). Obviously, it doesn’t work that way, and therefore I’ve chosen to terminate our business relationship.”

Harding, 47, has been enjoying red carpet appearances alongside Margot Robbie and Allison Janney for the sympathetic film, which paints her as a victim of abuse at the hands of her mother and her estranged then-husband, Jeff Gillooly.

It’s Gillooly and bodyguard Shawn Eckardt who are painted as the true villains behind the attack on Kerrigan.

Jeff Gillooly, former husband of skater Tonya Harding. Picture: Supplied
Camera IconJeff Gillooly, former husband of skater Tonya Harding. Picture: SuppliedPicture: News Limited
Tonya Harding with her bodyguard Shawn Eckardt in 1994. Picture: AP
Camera IconTonya Harding with her bodyguard Shawn Eckardt in 1994. Picture: APPicture: News Corp Australia

“I am sad as I write this; but at the same time I’m happy that I had such an adventure with the movie and with recreating a new positive image for her in the public eye. And I sincerely wish her the best,” Rosenberg said.

Harding has long denied knowledge of the incident, but said in the lead-up to the film that she had an inkling something was being plotted.

Figure skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during training session in 1994. Picture: Supplied
Camera IconFigure skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during training session in 1994. Picture: SuppliedPicture: Supplied

“I knew that something was up,” Harding told ABC News earlier this month of Gillooly’s alleged plan to whack Kerrigan out of the competition. “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?’”

Kerrigan is not interested in discussing the past, either. She told the Boston Globe she has been too busy to watch the film.

Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in 2010. Picture: Supplied
Camera IconOlympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in 2010. Picture: SuppliedPicture: AP

“I was the victim. Like, that’s my role in this whole thing. That’s it,” Kerrigan told the paper.

Harding threatened to walk out of an interview with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain this week

Morgan said: “Maybe it suits you to play the victim, but the victim here wasn’t you, it was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered.”

Harding replied: “Thank you so much I appreciate being on your show, but I think I’m going to have to say have a good night.”

Morgan asked: “You’re going to end the interview because I think Nancy is the victim not you?”

Harding responded: “You wouldn’t let me finish.”

She continued: “People don’t seem to understand there was a lot I was going through. That was why I chose to do this movie.”

This article originally appeared in the New York Post



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