December 27, 1995 in City

Tonya Harding Does Double Axel On Photographer

New York Times
 
Tags:Assault

Did you think Tonya Harding would skate off into oblivion, once she admitted her role in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan early last year and was banned from competitive skating?

Not a chance. On Saturday, Harding, who divorced Jeff Gillooly, the mastermind of the attack on Kerrigan, was married again, to Michael Smith, a machinist. Everything seemed to go smoothly at the wedding, held aboard a yacht in the Willamette River near Portland.

Then Harding learned on Sunday that an amateur photographer had sold a photograph taken at the wedding to The Oregonian for $100, and the newspaper printed it on Monday. She flew into a rage, The Associated Press reported, complaining that the sale invalidated a deal she had made to sell pictures to the Globe, the supermarket tabloid, for $10,000.

The photographer, identified by The Oregonian only as Bob, a wedding guest, said he asked to meet with the Globe photographer in nearby Vancouver, Wash., and the newlyweds showed up, The Oregonian reported Tuesday.

According to The AP, Bob said that after Harding began yelling profanities, he left the meeting and got into his girlfriend’s car, and that Smith then jumped onto the car. But The AP also reported that Smith said that the car hit him and that Harding gave chase in her car, ramming the car in which Bob was riding.

“She just hit us,” The AP quoted him as saying. “Bam.”

The Vancouver police said Tuesday that no charges had been filed.

The fracas, it turns out, was unnecessary. Terry Raskyn, a vice president of Globe Communications Corp., which publishes the Globe, said Tuesday that the newspaper would abide by its commitment and publish photographs in the Jan. 9 issue, which goes on sale on Tuesday.

But Raskyn would not confirm the $10,000 payment. “We don’t comment on the amount we pay for pictures,” she said.


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