Grilled on 1994 Attack, Harding Attempts an Exit

'Many people are the victims of abuse,' she tells Piers Morgan
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2018 6:53 AM CST

The same questions raised by Twitter after Tonya Harding's Golden Globes appearance were raised by Piers Morgan in an interview Tuesday—one Harding nearly cut short. Appearing on Good Morning Britain to discuss the biopic I, Tonya, Harding grew noticeably perturbed as Morgan grilled her about her knowledge of the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan. "It took me so long to be able to ask for somebody to help me," Harding said, before Morgan interrupted. "It suits you to play the victim" when "it was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered," he said, per the Hollywood Reporter. Shortly after, Harding politely tried to end the "awkward" exchange, per Yahoo, saying, "I appreciate being on your show, but I think I'm going to have to say, 'Have a good night.'"

Surprised, Morgan continued to press the 47-year-old, who replied, "I think that many people are the victims of abuse every single day and can’t stand up for themselves. People need to be able to understand that we need to stand united and that abuse should not be happening anymore.” Yet Morgan didn’t give up discussing the 1994 attack, orchestrated by Harding’s ex-husband and a friend. "You did know what was happening, what they were planning to do didn't you?" he asked Harding, receiving stark denials. In a preview of an ABC News special airing Thursday, Harding says a month or two prior to the attack she overheard the men discussing possibly taking somebody out to secure Harding a spot on the Olympic team. Harding says she told them her skills on the ice were enough. After the attack, she says she feared for her own safety. (More Tonya Harding stories.)

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