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Tonya Harding agent quits after she allegedly demanded reporters stop bringing up her past


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Tonya Harding at the 2018
Golden Globes.

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  • Tonya Harding is back in the limelight with the release
    and Oscar buzz for biopic “I, Tonya.”
  • However, she doesn’t want to talk to reporters about
    her past. 
  • Her longtime agent/publicist is no longer working with
    Harding after she allegedly demanded that “reporters sign
    an affidavit stating that they won’t ask her anything
    ‘about the past’ or they’ll be fined $25,000.”

If it feels like 1994 all over again it’s because Tonya Harding
is causing another media eruption.

The disgraced figure skater — who in 1994 was front-and-center
when her follow skater, Nancy Kerrigan, was attacked after a
practice at the US Figure Skating Championships by an assailant
hired by Harding’s ex-husband —doesn’t want to talk about her
past.

Though she’s back in the limelight because of the award-season
hopeful, “I, Tonya,” which along with exploring Harding’s abusive
upbringing is also a deep-dive into the Kerrigan attack, Harding
doesn’t want to explore it any further.

In fact, she allegedly even wants reporters to sign a document
before interviewing her stating they won’t ask about it. 

On Thursday, Michael A. Rosenberg, Harding’s longtime
agent/publicist, posted on his Facebook page that he would no
longer work for Harding because she was adamant that “reporters
sign an affidavit stating that they won’t ask her anything ‘about
the past’ or they’ll be fined $25,000.”

“Obviously, it doesn’t work that way; and therefore I’ve chosen
to terminate our business relationship,” Rosenberg wrote in his
post, which was later deleted.

USA Today columnist Christine Brennan tweeted out a screengrab of
it before it was deleted:

After years of staying out of the public eye, the release and
Oscar buzz for “I, Tonya,” in which Margot Robbie plays Harding,
has led to a comeback of sorts for the real Harding, as audiences
see her in a new light. The movie depicts her as a woman who
dealt with physical and mental abuse from both her mother and
ex-husband Jeff Gillooly most of her life up to the 1994
incident. 

However, there’s still the question that lingers about how much
she knew about the Kerrigan attack. 

Both “I, Tonya” and the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, “The Price of
Gold,” which sparked
screenwriter Steven Rogers
to write the “I, Tonya” script,
portray Harding as being unaware of the planned attack.

Business Insider asked Rogers before the movie opened in December
if he was motivated at all to get to the bottom of what Harding
knew before writing the script. 

“It was before I figured out the story I wanted to tell,” Rogers
said. “Once I knew how I was going to do it, where everyone was
going to say what their point of view was, then I didn’t care.”

Business Insider contacted Rosenberg and Harding’s lawyer for
comment, but did not get a response. 


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