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Tabloid Plans Photos of Harding’s Wedding

December 27, 1995

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A Canadian tabloid said Tuesday it would go ahead with plans to publish photos from Tonya Harding’s wedding.

The Globe bought exclusive rights to photos from Saturday’s wedding and reception. But police were called when Harding and her new husband got into an altercation with a guest who sold a picture to a local newspaper.

A Portland police spokesman said Harding told officers publication of the photo in The Oregonian invalidated her $10,000 contract with the Globe.

However, the Globe said it retained exclusive rights to Harding’s wedding photo album. The paper plans to publish several pages of photos in its Jan. 9 edition.

The former Olympic figure skater, banished from the sport for her involvement in the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, was married to Portland machinist Michael Smith aboard a yacht on the Willamette River.

The wedding went smoothly but in its aftermath have come allegations of stolen film, a car chase and shouted profanities.

The published picture, purchased by The Oregonian for $100 from a photographer identified only as Bob, showed Harding and Smith arm in arm.

He wore a black tuxedo with a white rose on his lapel. She wore a white dress with a band of pearls around her head. She carried a bouquet of red and white roses.

Bob said he was a guest and shot the picture with his own camera. Harding’s personal photographer, Pat Pollak, said someone stole three rolls of film.

Pollak filed a theft report with police, said Portland police Lt. C.W. Jensen. He quoted Harding as saying publication of the picture invalidated the contract with the Globe.

A meeting the morning after the wedding involving Bob, the newlyweds, and a Globe photographer and writer went sour, with Bob saying the Globe writer snatched prints from his hand and Harding started yelling profanities.

Smith said Bob’s girlfriend’s car hit him; Bob said Smith leapt onto the car. Bob said Harding gave chase and rammed their car with hers.

Bob said he was so distraught he took photo negatives from the wedding and threw them out the window.

Prosecutors said Tuesday no charges had been filed. Jensen said a police report on the alleged film theft would be sent to the Multnomah County district attorney’s office.

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