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Tonya Harding: "I Was Scared" After 1994 Attack on Nancy Kerrigan

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On Tuesday, Good Morning America aired a preview clip from "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story", which features new interviews with Harding, her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, and her mother LaVonya "Sandy" Golden.

The mention of Harding's name drew applause from the star-studded crowd.

Janney thanked Harding in her speech, saying, "Tonya Harding is here tonight, and I'd like to thank her for sharing her story with [screenwriter] Steven [Rogers] and allowing him to tell every side of the story".

It's probably safe to say that Johnny Weir won't be joining any Tonya Harding fan clubs any time soon. "I'm here to talk about the future and what it means", Harding told Morgan.

But Harding said she "knew something was up" before the incident that almost ended Kerrigan's career.

On the red carpet, Harding donned a long black dress in line with the night's blackout theme, but her presence at the event sparked mixed reactions. "I didn't get the luxury of speaking to the real woman and Tonya wasn't much help".

Sharon Stone described meeting Harding as "amazing" and told her "honey, you're the type of champion they make movies about".

Nancy had to pull out of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer after Shane Stant hit her above the knee, leaving her bruised and unable to compete, eventually leading to a media frenzy around the incident. The former Olympic figure skater - famously accused of facilitating a brutal assault on rival skater (and Stoneham native) Nancy Kerrigan ahead of their Olympic competition - cheered Janney on as she accepted the trophy.

Tonya Harding is passed by Nancy Kerrigan during their first practice session in 1994.

I, Tonya is a critical success and is now winning awards, but when Sandy spoke to Inside Edition before the film's release, she said she "doubts" she would ever see it.