Tonya Harding's agent quits after she allegedly demanded reporters stop bringing up her past, or be fined $25,000

  • Tonya Harding is back in the limelight with the release and Oscar buzz for biopic "I, Tonya."
  • However, she doesn't want to talk to reporters about her past. 
  • Her longtime agent/publicist is no longer working with Harding after she allegedly demanded that "reporters sign an affidavit stating that they won't ask her anything 'about the past' or they'll be fined $25,000."


If it feels like 1994 all over again it's because Tonya Harding is causing another media eruption.

The disgraced figure skater — who in 1994 was front-and-center when her follow skater, Nancy Kerrigan, was attacked after a practice at the US Figure Skating Championships by an assailant hired by Harding's ex-husband —doesn't want to talk about her past.

Though she's back in the limelight because of the award-season hopeful, "I, Tonya," which along with exploring Harding's abusive upbringing is also a deep-dive into the Kerrigan attack, Harding doesn't want to explore it any further.

In fact, she allegedly even wants reporters to sign a document before interviewing her stating they won't ask about it. 

On Thursday, Michael A. Rosenberg, Harding's longtime agent/publicist, posted on his Facebook page that he would no longer work for Harding because she was adamant that "reporters 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," Rosenberg wrote in his post, which was later deleted.

USA Today columnist Christine Brennan tweeted out a screengrab of it before it was deleted:

After years of staying out of the public eye, the release and Oscar buzz for "I, Tonya," in which Margot Robbie plays Harding, has led to a comeback of sorts for the real Harding, as audiences see her in a new light. The movie depicts her as a woman who dealt with physical and mental abuse from both her mother and ex-husband Jeff Gillooly most of her life up to the 1994 incident. 

However, there's still the question that lingers about how much she knew about the Kerrigan attack. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - CIRCA 1991: Figure Skater Tonya Harding of the United States competes in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships circa 1991 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
OAKLAND - 1991: Tonya Harding of the USA performs in the fall Skate America figure skating competition held in 1991 at the Oakland-Alameda County Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
American figure skater Tonya Harding performs at the 1991 World Championships. (Photo by Gilbert Iundt; Jean-Yves Ruszniewski/TempSport/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1992: Figure Skater Tonya Harding of the United States competes in a figure skating competition circa 1992. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding posing in front of brown backdrop (no caps). (Photo by Rex Rystedt/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, : U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding (R) listens to her coach Diane Rawlinson during a practice session early 18 January 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Federal and local investigators are trying to determine if Tonya Harding's money, some of it from Olympic sources, paid for the attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 24: Young fans of U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding look on while she takes a break from training at the Clackamas Town Center mall rink, 24 January 1994, as a grand jury continues its meetings on whether to indict her in the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. A news report in the Portland Oregonian newspaper said prosecutors have enough evidence to charge Harding. (Photo credit should read EUGENE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 27: U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding reads from a prepared text 27 January 1994 during a press conference at the Multnomah County Athletic Club, Oregon. Harding admitted that she failed to tell authorities what she knew about the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. Harding also denied planning to injure Kerrigan and asked to remain on the U.S. Olympic team. (Photo credit should read CRAIG STRONG/AFP/Getty Images)
Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan, both from USA, during a training session of the 1994 Winter Olympics. It's just one month after Harding became notorious for allegedly conspiring to harm competitor Nancy Kerrigan in an attack. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 9: Tonya Harding sits for an interview in Portland. OR. for the program 'Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.' Image dated February 9, 1994. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
HAMAR - FEBRUARY 17: U.S.A. figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan, background, and Tonya Harding, foreground, face each other on the ice during a practice session at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Hamar, Norway on Feb. 17, 1994. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY - FEBRUARY 23: Tonya Harding of the USA competes in the Technical Program portion of the Women's Figure Skating competition of the 1994 Winter Olympics on February 23, 1994 at the Hamar Olympic Hall in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY - FEBRUARY 25: Tonya Harding of the USA competes in the Free Skate portion of the Women's Figure Skating competition of the 1994 Winter Olympics on February 25, 1994 at the Hamar Olympic Hall in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
FILES, NORWAY - DECEMBER 15: US figure skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during a training session 17 February in Hamar, Norway, during the Winter Olympics. Kerrigan was hit on the knee in January 1994 during the US Olympic Trials and it was later learned that Harding's ex-husband and bodyguard masterminded the attack in hopes of improving Harding's chances at the US Trials and the Olympics. (COLOR KEY: Harding has yellow) (Photo credit should read VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)
Tonya Harding and Paula Jones square off at the official weigh-in for 'Celebrity Boxing.' The televison show will air March 13 on Fox TV. (Photo by Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images)
CAMUS, WA - AUGUST 8: Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding speaks to reporters about her sentencing, as she exits the Camus/Washougal Municipal Court on August 8, 2002 in Camus, Washington. Harding was sentenced to 30 days detention, with 20 days suspended, for violating her probation from an assault case after admitting she was driving drunk when arrested in April of 2002. (Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 13: Tonya Harding attends the opening weekend of Smokin' Joe Frazier's Sportzbox at Bally's Atlantic City on June 13, 2009 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 05: Tonya Harding attends Premiere Of Neon's 'I, Tonya' at the Egyptian Theatre on December 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie attend NEON and 30WEST Present the Los Angeles Premiere of 'I, Tonya' Supported By Svedka on December 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for NEON)
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Both "I, Tonya" and the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, "The Price of Gold," which sparked screenwriter Steven Rogers to write the "I, Tonya" script, portray Harding as being unaware of the planned attack.

Business Insider asked Rogers before the movie opened in December if he was motivated at all to get to the bottom of what Harding knew before writing the script. 

"It was before I figured out the story I wanted to tell," Rogers said. "Once I knew how I was going to do it, where everyone was going to say what their point of view was, then I didn't care."

Business Insider contacted Rosenberg and Harding's lawyer for comment, but did not get a response. 

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