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Penthouse to market Harding video

NEW YORK, July 26 -- Penthouse magazine announced Tuesday it will market a sexy home video allegedly shot by ice skating vixen Tonya Harding and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly on their wedding night. Penthouse spokeswomana Catherine Koatz said the magazine will not reveal how it acquired the video. A spokesman for Harding said the skater may take legal action to prevent its release and also stop Penthouse from publishing nine pages of still photos from the video in its upcoming 25th anniversary issue. 'She has been offered upwards of $600,000 to pose nude and she has totally rejected the idea,' said Merrill Eichenberger, Harding's personal manager. Eichenberger said Harding was on a camping trip with her family and could not be reached for comment. Penthouse officials denied they had any plans to publish nude photos of Harding when he called the magazine last week to ask about rumors he had heard, Eichenberger said. The 35-minute video, shot in1990, reportedly shows Harding stripping off her wedding dress, followed by shots of Harding and Gillooly cavorting on a waterbed. The video will be available through mail order only for $29.95 beginning Aug. 2, Koatz said. The video also features a short history of Harding's quick fall from grace after the Jan. 6 clubbing attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. Harding, Gillooly and three other men pleaded guilty to various criminal charges in connection with the assault on Kerrigan on the eve of the U.S. Figure Skating Association's national championships in Detroit.

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Harding, who won the competition after Kerrigan was forced to withdraw, was stripped of her title last month by the USFSA. Last March, she was fined $100,000 and placed on three years probation for her role in the attack, which she claimed was confined to helping cover it up. Gillooly was sentenced earlier this month to two years in prison and fined $100,000.

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