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Though the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, has received critical acclaim and a number of awards nominations, Olympic ice skater and Harding’s former competitor Nancy Kerrigan hasn’t seen the movie, nor does she have any desire to do so.
“I really have nothing to say about it. I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t watched anything,” Kerrigan told The Boston Globe.
Kerrigan also said she did not watch the Golden Globes, where Harding herself was in attendance and I, Tonya was nominated for three awards, with actress Allison Janney winning for her portrayal of Harding’s mother.
“I’ve been busy. I was at the national [figure skating] championships this week so I didn’t watch the Golden Globes,” Kerrigan told the Globe. “I haven’t seen the movie. I’m just busy living my life.”
Kerrigan said she found it “bizarre” that Harding sought redemption through a biopic. “At this point, it’s so much easier and better to just be. … It’s not really part of my life,” Kerrigan said. “As you say, I was the victim. Like, that’s my role in this whole thing. That’s it. It is weird, that’s for sure. A bizarre thing. The whole thing was crazy, being that it’s a story.”
Prior to competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1994, Kerrigan was famously attacked and kneecapped by an unidentified culprit, forcing the ice skater to drop out of the competition. Harding has denied any involvement with the planned attack, although she recently admitted during the ABC News special Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story to overhearing her ex-husband and a friend discussing “tak[ing] out” someone in order for her to make the team.
“They were talking about skating and saying, ‘Well, maybe somebody should be taken out so [Harding] can make it,'” Harding said, adding that she overheard the comments a month or two prior to the championships. Kerrigan went on to skate in the Winter Olympics and won silver, whereas Harding failed to place in the top three slots.
The Kerrigan attack was traced back to Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and others, who subsequently spent time in prison. Harding pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution and was banned from competitive figure skating and stripped of her national title.
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