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Tonya Harding

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The arrest of Tonya Harding:

This American figure skating champion went to the Olympics twice and was the two-time Skate America champion.

Tonya Harding skating

But along with her fame came notoriety in connection, with the January 6, 1994 attack on her fellow competitor, Nancy Kerrigan.

Nancy Kerrigan

It happened after a practice session at the 1994 US figure skating championships in Detroit. Tonya's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and her bodyguard hired someone to break Kerrigan's right leg so she wouldn't be able to skate. Kerrigan was hit on the thigh, a few inches above the knee with a baton.

Nancy Kerrigan after she was attacked in pain

A media firestorm ensued.

Nancy Kerrigan on the cover of Newsweek and People magazine

...and in February 1994 Gillooly plea-bargained, in exchange for his testimony against Tonya. She avoided further prosecution and possible prison time by pleading guilty to conspiring to hinder the prosecution of the attackers.

Tonya got three years' probation, 500 hours of community service and paid a $160,000 fine.

She was also forced to withdraw from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships and was banned for life from the U.S Figure Skating Association

Tonya also had a celebrity sex tape making the rounds showing her having sex with her then husband Gillooly. Stills from the tape were published in Penthouse magazine of September 1994 and the tape itself was released around the same time

Tonya Harding in Penthouse

And in 2002, Tonya boxed in a celebrity boxing event on Fox TV…

Tonya Harding boxing in 2002

…winning a bout against Paula Jones, the Bill Clinton sexual harassment accuser.

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