Tonya Harding: I Knew About the Nancy Kerrigan Attack Before It Happened

Tonya Harding is back in the news, and if you’re Nancy Kerrigan or any other human being with a sense of decency, you probably have very mixed feelings about that.

For the sake of our younger readers, we’d like to take a moment to explain why Harding is … well, not quite the OJ of the figure skating world.

She’s more like Tom Brady, if instead of ordering his equipment managers to deflate game balls, he had them bludgeon the other team’s quarterback.

Just weeks before the 1994 Winter Olympics, Harding’s biggest rival, Nancy Kerrigan, was clubbed on the knee in an attack that initially looked as though it would eliminate her from competition.

It was later revealed that Kerrigan’s attacker, Shane Stant, had been hired by her bodyguard, Shawk Eckhardt, and her ex-husband, Jeff Gilooly to carry out the assault.

Harding claimed the whole thing happened without her knowledge or approval, but she later pled guilty on several felony charges, striking a deal with prosecutors that allowed her to avoid jail time.

These days, Kerrigan is very much back in the news, thanks to I, Tonya the acclaimed, award-nominated film in which Margot Robbie portrays the disgraced ice queen with tremendous humor and compassion.

Biopics about scandalous figures are nothing new, but seldom have we seen an anti-hero treated with such admiration as Harding.

These days, Harding is being feted and celebrated across the media landscape.

She worked the red carpet alongside Margot Robbie at the 2018 Golden Globes, and she’s the subject of a popular new ABC News special that premiered this week.

Mostly, the doc just re-hashes the facts of the case and brings viewers up to date on what Harding has been up to in the decades since her name became synonymous with public disgrace.

But it occasionally sheds some new light on both the Kerrigan incident and Harding’s undeniable involvement with it.

The biggest bombshell, of course, is Harding’s admission–after decades of staunch denial–that she was aware that her ex and her bodyguard were planning something criminal.

Asked whether or not she had any role in planning the attack, Harding replied:

“No. I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff. ‘Well, maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure [Harding] gets on the team.’

“And I remember telling them, I go, ‘What the hell are you talking about? I can skate.’”

If you’re thinking Harding could’ve done a hell of a lot more to make sure no one was “taken out” on her behalf, then you’re absolutely right.

Journalist Connie Chung, who previously interviewed Harding was stunned when told about the former skater’s admission:

“Unbelievable,” Chung remarked. “I can’t believe that she said that.”

Neither can we, Connie. Neither can we.

Memo to Margot Robbie: Maybe find a different date for the Oscars? Please?

Ray Liotta didn’t bring trot out Henry Hill on the red carpet, ya know.

(That’s a Goodfellas reference for all you under-30s out there.)


Justin Bieber: I Knew I Loved Selena Gomez When She Almost Died!

Jelena, in one form or another, is back. For better or for worse.

As you can imagine, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s romantic bike rides didn’t just start up overnight.

Reportedly, Justin has been trying to worm his way back into Selena’s life ever since news broke of her kidney transplant. That news awoke something within him. …

Though this Bieber development might make you think that this was the other way around, The Weeknd broke up with Selena Gomez.

He reportedly ended things by phone after their relationship began to fizzle out, he believed, over the summer.

We don’t think that it’s an unfair interpretation of that to say that The Weeknd wasn’t so excited about their relationship when Selena Gomez got her kidney transplant and was on bedrest for a couple of months to recover.

It’s not like they were married, but … does it rub anyone else the wrong way that The Weeknd was apparently fine with their relationship up until Selena’s illness became inconvenient?

(To be fair, it’s been reported that another factor was their conflicting work schedules, but … still)

One way or the other, though, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have reunited, after Justin managed to arrange a meet-up after calling Selena’s mom.

Even though Selena Gomez’s family can’t stand Bieber or the horse he rode in on, Selena’s mom apparently wanted to leave the choice up to Selena.

And … now we’re where we are today.

But there’s more to this story than we thought.

It was just under a month ago when we told you that Justin and Selena might get back together, if as friends.

But TMZ reports that Justin has been trying to reconnect with Selena for quite a while.

Justin didn’t just have to convince her mom that he and Selena should talk again.

He had to convince Selena, too.

That took some doing.

Not only does Selena’s family consider him “vile” and blame him for a serious bout of depression that she suffered, but Selena and Justin were estranged for a long time.

Remember when Justin Bieber was dating Sofia Richie?

Well, Justin’s fans gave him a hard time about posting so much about the relationship. (There were other issues, including Sofia’s age at the time)

Justin fired back angrily, because he was, at the time, kind of an out-of-control douchebag.

Selena Gomez spoke up to defend Justin’s fans, because celebs shouldn’t really lash out at their fans — for business reasons, and because it’s a dickish thing to do.

After that, well … they just didn’t speak. It was better that way.

What prompted Justin’s change of heart?

TMZ reports that it was Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant.

If you’re thinking “yeah, obviously,” there’s more to it than we’d all first realized.

This wasn’t just a scenario of Justin reconnecting with his ex to see how she’s doing, though that was also part of it.

When Justin learned of Selena’s transplant, sources close to him describe that he had something of an epiphany about Selena and how much she means to him.

It absolutely should not have taken Selena nearly dying (kidney failure due to Lupus and then major surgery is, let’s be clear, a near-death experience or two) for Justin to realize Selena’s value.

She’s beautiful, she’s kind, and she’s one of the greatest musical talents in the history of humankind.

Selena already gave Justin some of the best years of her youth, but now he’s coming back for more.

Maybe Justin will make her happy, though. Even if he is now sporting super ugly body tattoos.

By the way, some rumors have been floating around that there’s some sort of Jelena music collaboration in the works. TMZ says that they haven’t heard anything verifiable about that.


14 Things We Doubt You Knew About Anna Faris

Anna Faris is pretty, talented and hilarious.

But you knew that already.

What about the actress may take you by surprise?

We just finished her memoir, "Unqualified," and we can think of a few tidbits, revelations and stories that may cause you to view Faris in a slightly different light.

To wit…

1. The Book is Dedicated To…

The book is dedicated to
… soon-to-be-ex-husband Chris Pratt! The dedication reads: “To Chris, Your wisdom and strength have made me a better person.”

2. Pratt Also Penned the Book’s Foreword

Pratt also penned the books foreword
Acknowledging that “”Anna is an important part of my life and she always will be,” Pratt adds: “I’m doing [this] because I love and respect her and told her I would,” saying Faris is the “person that I spent one amazing decade with.”

3. Inside Their Relationship:

Inside their relationship
“When I first met Chris, I was constantly looking for proof that he was not as great as he seemed,” she writes of their 2007 introduction on the set of a movie. At the time, Faris was married, but then she split from her husband and: “You might think that, fresh off an almost decade-long relationship, I would be hesitant to move on to the next, but I couldn’t have fallen more headfirst into my feelings for Chris.”

4. This Is the Chapter That Will Make You Vomit

This is the chapter that will make you vomit
That’s what Faris titled a chapter about all of Pratt’s romantic gestures, which included: sending a giant bouquet of flowers to the set of her sitcom each week and writing her “old-timey war letters that said things like, ‘Honey, I’m dreaming of the day I get to hold you again.'”

5. More Gushing Over Pratt

More gushing over pratt
Faris describes her husband as “amazing” when she was admitted to the hospital and placed on bed rest after her water broke at 30 weeks pregnant. In addition to sleeping with her in the hospital, Pratt decorated her room with photos and posters and brought her desserts every night.

6. Marry, F-ck, Kill?

Marry f ck kill
Sort of. “You have to hide a dead body with someone, call them to bail you out of jail, or get anal bleaching together,” says friend Cassie Daniels in the book. Faris replies that she’d hide a dead body with Regina Hall because she’s “cool under fire.”

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Matt Damon Finally Talks About Harvey Weinstein … ‘I Knew He Was an A**hole, But …”

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Donald Trump Told Veterans’ Widow “He Knew What He Signed Up For,” Senator Claims

On Monday, President Donald Trump hosted a press conference in the White House Rose Garden that was bizarre even by the currnent administration’s incredibly lofty standards of absurdity.

For one thing, Trump responded to sexual assault allegations against him by barking his “fake news” mantra at the assembled media.

Of course, that’s the president’s standard response to accusations and criticism.

What followed, however, no one could have predicted, and no, we’re not talking about the fact that Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell chose to hold hands as they left the dais.

In one of the more bizarre and outlandish lies of his presidency, Trump alleged that other previous presidents did not contact the widows of fallen servicemen, as he himself had.

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump told the press.

“A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”

Of course, hundreds of military widows have since come forward to refute that claim, affirming that they did indeed receive phone calls from President Obama after their husbands were killed.

In the wake of an ambush from ISIS-affiliated forces in Niger that left four dead, it seems Trump did indeed contact the widow of at least one of the fallen, but far from offering comfort, it seems his remarks only deepened her suffering.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL) says she was present when Trump contacted the widow of La David Johnson, a Green Beret who was killed in the attack.

Her account of Trump’s conversation with Myeshia Johnson is genuinely appalling:

“Basically he said, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt,'” Wilson told Don Lemon on CNN last night.

Naturally, Trump was quick to tweet his incendiary response to the allegation:

“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”

“I have proof, too: this man is a sick man,” Wilson responded on CNN this morning. 

She added that Johnson’s widow “broke down” after her call with Trump.

“When she actually hung up the phone she looked and said, ‘He didn’t even know his name,'” Wilson says of her time in the Johnson home.

Myeshia Johnson has yet to speak publicly about the incident, and the president has yet to offer the “proof” he promised in his tweet.