’s mother LaVona “Sandy” Golden
sat down for an interview with ABC’s Amy Robach
, which aired Thursday night to talk about her Olympian daughter and she did not hold back.
During the two-hour special Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story Sandy said of her daughter, “She’s lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore.”
In the new biopic, I, Tonya
Tonya and her mother’s tumultuous relationship is a running theme throughout, however she believes she is nothing like the screen version of her, played by Allison Janney
“I didn’t abuse any of my children,” LaVona said. “Spanked? Yes, spanked. Absolutely positively, you got to show them right from wrong.”
Tonya has previously said that her mother once threw a steak knife at her and hit her forearm. This was illustrated in the movie and Sandy defending herself asked, “Why would I throw a steak knife at anybody?”
“I spanked her once with a hairbrush at a competition,” LaVona said, adding, “She wouldn’t know what a beating was.” She also went on to say that she sacrificed a lot so Tonya could learn how to skate—working three jobs. She also disputed claims that the Olympian grew up less fortunate.
“We were never trailer trash,” she said in the interview. “We had a beautiful new trailer. We didn’t live in filth or dirt or anything that I would call unusual.”
She also denied claims that she would spike her cup of Joe with brandy before taking her daughter to school. “I would have coffee and sometimes I would put brandy flavoring in it. I love brandy flavoring. You can’t get drunk on flavoring. Sorry to disappoint you,” Golden said.
As of now, La Vona and Toyna are not on speaking terms. “I don’t want her anywhere near me. I don’t want her anywhere near my son,” Tonya said. “She wants forgiveness. She wants to see me. She wants to make amends. She wants to meet and be part of the family. Hell no.”