Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona “Sandy” Golden opened up about her disputes with her skating champion daughter in her first interview since the release of I, Tonya, a biographical black comedy film based on Harding’s life.
The film depicts that Golden was violent and abusive with her children. In the ABC News two-hour special Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story which aired on Thursday night, Harding claimed that her mother Golden beat her at least six times in a week she also said that Golden once threw a steak knife at her. The skating champion revealed that her rough upbringing took place during her time as a competitor in the 1991 World Figure Skating Championships and Olympics in 1992 and 1994.
Harding told Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach, “I don’t think that there was more than one day a week, sometimes, that I didn’t get beaten.”
Golden strongly denied her daughter’s claims, she said, “I didn’t abuse any of my children.” She said, “Spanked? Yes, [I] spanked. Absolutely, positively you got to show them right from wrong.”
Golden admitted to once spanked her daughter with a hairbrush, but she noted that she never threw a knife at her daughter. She said, “Why would I throw a steak knife at anybody?” She added, “[Harding has] lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore.”
Craig Gillespie’s directorial film I, Tonya was released in early December in which A-listed actress Margot Robbie played the role of Harding, the movie showing her as being beaten by her unloving mother who even once threw a knife at her. Allison Janney played the role of the figure skating champion’s mother LaVona “Sandy” Golden.
Janney received a Critics’ Choice Award for best-supporting actress for portraying Golden in I, Tonya on Thursday. Janney portrayed a difficult and manipulative mother in the film.