ABC has released a trailer for the two-hour special the network is set to air about Tonya Harding, and it’s still tough to conjure much sympathy for the former Olympic figure skater.
Harding, who was accused of masterminding the assault on rival skater (and Stoneham native) Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 Winter Olympics, said she “knew something was up” before the attack, but she didn’t have anything to do with it.
“Nobody wanted to ever believe me,” Harding says.
The special, called “Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story,” airs Jan. 11 on ABC. In the clip, Harding admits she overheard her then-husband Jeff Gillooly talking about doing something to another skater.
“Maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure [Tonya] gets on the team,” Harding quotes Gillooly as saying. “I go, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ ”
There’s renewed interest in the bizarre episode involving Harding and Kerrigan in the wake of the new movie “I, Tonya,” a stellar biopic of sorts starring Margot Robbie as the infamous former skater and Allison Janney as her abusive mother. “I, Tonya,” directed by Craig Gillespie, is nominated for three Golden Globes: best motion picture, best actress, and best supporting actress.
Kerrigan was attacked and struck on the right leg less than two months before the 1994 Olympics. (She still managed to win the silver medal.) Gillooly later accepted a plea bargain for testifying against Harding and served six months in prison. Three others also spent time in prison for the attack. Harding was convicted of hindering the investigation and received three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $160,000 fine.