Tonya Harding’s representation just took a shot to the knees.
The figure skater’s agent/publicist Michael Rosenberg resigned Thursday because of Harding’s alleged insistence reporters be fined $ 25,000 if they ask her about her past.
Rosenberg made the announcement in a Facebook post that was shared in a tweet by USA Today columnist Christine Brennan.
Tonya Harding will be looking for a new agent after Michael Rosenberg resigned Thursday.
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“I, Tonya’ is now ‘goodbye, Tonya,'” Rosenberg wrote. “Unfortunately, we reached an impasse today on how to treat the press in the future. Her adamant and final position is that reporters must 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.”
Harding has been making her rounds in the media in light of the release of the movie “I, Tonya,” which paints the disgraced figure skater in a sympathetic way. The movie shows that her estranged husband, Jeff Gillooly was the one behind the infamous attack on Nancy Kerrigan ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Tonya Harding (l.) is most remembered for the Nancy Kerrigan (r.) leg clubbing incident during the 1994 Winter Olympics where authorities determined her ex-boyfriend conspired to carry out the attack.
“I am sad as I write this; but at the same time I’m happy that I had such an adventure with the movie and with recreating a new positive image for her in the public eye. And I sincerely wish her the best,” Rosenberg said.
The relationship between the two goes back decades after he first started working as her manager in 1991. Rosenberg reportedly had a big part in getting Harding to participate in the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I was like, ‘I don’t want to go through this again. I’ve been through enough, and I have my son now,'” Harding said. “Michael Rosenberg, my manager, talked me into doing this possibly as closure.”