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Harding's Ex-Husband Reportedly Had to Be Coaxed to Implicate Her

January 31, 1994|Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Tonya Harding's ex-husband decided to divulge the champion skater's role in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan after authorities convinced him Harding had turned on him first, his brother told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Jeff Gillooly was surprised when he found Harding had not stuck with the cover story the two had made up, John Gillooly said.

John Gillooly said his brother's attorney, Ron Hoevet, tried to convince his client Harding had turned on him, but Jeff Gillooly didn't believe it until he read a 46-page deposition the skater had given the FBI.

Hoevet confirmed John Gillooly's account, telling The Oregonian, "Jeff would have fallen on his sword for Tonya if Tonya had told him the truth. But she didn't." Hoevet did not return calls Sunday from the AP.

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