Tonya Harding nearly cut short a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning Britain during an interview with host Piers Morgan, who was trying to pin down whether Harding was involved in the 1994 attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan.
The segment grew contentious as Harding attempted to redirect the focus onto a new biopic about her life, I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie. The film dramatizes Harding’s hardscrabble upbringing, including the domestic violence she faced.
“I respect you for trying to ask these questions, however I am really here just to talk about the future and what it means,” Harding told Morgan. “My movie now, to me, is going to help so many people to realize that it is okay to ask for help. It took me so long to be able to ask for somebody to help me. So that’s why I’m here speaking to you today.”
“Maybe it suits you to play the victim,” Morgan told Harding. “But I think the victim in all this wasn’t you. It was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered.”
Harding paused before responding: “Thank you so much. I appreciate being on your show, but I think I’m going to have to say, ‘Have a good night.’”
“You’re going to end the interview because I think that Nancy Kerrigan was the victim here and not you?” Morgan asked incredulously.
“You weren’t letting me finish,” Harding responded. “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.”
Harding ultimately didn’t leave and continued speaking with Morgan. “People don’t seem to understand there was a lot I was going through,” she said.
When Morgan asked her if she was in on the plan to attack Kerrigan, Harding responded, “No, I did not know anything prior.”
“Okay, we’ll leave it there,” Morgan responded, ending the interview.
Harding has long disputed allegations of her involvement in the January 1994 attack, when a baton-wielding man struck Kerrigan on the leg. Though she was not charged in its commission, Harding pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder the prosecution of what happened.
She received three years’ pr