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'Dancing With the Stars' fans are furious due to controversial star's ongoing participation

Ksenia Novikova
May 13, 2018
05:00 A.M.

Fans of Dancing With The Stars are not pleased by Tonya Harding's participation in the hit show.

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The controversial athlete survived another week on the ABC show amid stiff competition from other dances.

As reported by Pop Culture, Harding remains on the show, along with Chris Mazder, Mirai Nagasu, Josh Norman and Adam Rippon.

Jamie Anderson and Johnny Damon were eliminated on the first night, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Arike Ogunbowale were sent home this week

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Harding, a retired American figure skater, became embroiled in controversy in January 1994. Her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, orchestrated an attack on fellow U.S. Olympian, Nancy Kerrigan.

Harding ultimately pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution. For this, she was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

Her life was the subject of the 2017 film, I, Tonya, which starred Margot Robbie as Harding and Allison Janey as Harding's mother. The critically-acclaimed film earned nominations and awards at the 2017 Oscars.

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Some fans of Dancing With The Stars expressed their disappointment over Harding's inclusion in the show.

'I'm sorry but she needs to go,' wrote another.

Yet another disappointed fan wrote: 'Can I be outraged over Kareem going home but Tonya wasn't even in jeopardy?'

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At the start of the show, Harding said she joined DWTS because there's something she wanted to prove.

"I wanted to prove myself, and prove to the world, that I could be a lady, that I could be graceful,' Pop Culture quoted her as saying.

The 1994 criminal investigation and the decision of the U.S. Figure Skating Association to ban Harding for life became a subject of intense media scrutiny. It has been considered as one of the biggest scandals in American sports history.

The controversial athlete went on to become a professional boxer in the early 2000s.

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