Tonya Harding's life story as a disgraced figure skater is center stage in the movie ." Her mother, LaVona "Sandy” Golden, is also portrayed in the movie. According to People, in a new interview with ABC, she blasted the biopic and calls her daughter's memories of her lies. “I could care less about the movie than I do about the dirt outside," she said.
“She’s lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore," said Golden. The mother noted that she was not abusive, despite her daughter asserting that they had a violent relationship and that she abused alcohol. In the film, Harding alleges that her mother once threw a steak knife at her that hit her forearm. “I didn’t abuse any of my children,” Golden said. “Spanked? Yes, spanked. Absolutely positively, you got to show them right from wrong.” She added, “Why would I throw a steak knife at anybody?”
Harding, who was known as a fierce Olympic-level skater at one point, claims that Golden used intimidation and violence to help her compete. She alleges that her mother “dragged me into the bathroom and beat me with a hairbrush, literally.” Golden said,“I spanked her once with a hairbrush at a competition. She wouldn’t know what a beating was.”
In 1994, Harding became infamous for her role in planning an attack fellow Olympian Nancy Kerrigan. As a result, she plead guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution and was placed on three years' probation. She was fined $160,000 and was permanently barred from all amateur skating competition. Jeff Gillooly, Harding's former husband, and three others, including her bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, were accused of having conspired the attack and spent time in prison.
Harding said that she has no relationship with her mother currently nor does her 7-year-old son. “I don’t want her anywhere near me. I don’t want her anywhere near my son,” said Harding. “She wants forgiveness. She wants to see me. She wants to make amends. She wants to meet and be part of the family. Hell no.”
I, Tonya follows the life and career of figure skater Tonya Harding. Released in December 2017, the film stars Margot Roberts as Harding and Allison Janney as Golden. Janney won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal.
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