Dance Moms‘ Abby Lee Miller is going to jail and you would think that, despite her “tough love” approach with her students in the past, that all of the cast and crew would have some sympathy for her. But that’s not the case. In fact, as Us Weekly reports, some members of the cast and crew of the Lifetime show think that its former star should have gotten more time in the clink.
“In general the cast and crew of Dance Moms aren’t at all sad that Abby was sentenced. Many think she deserves it. They do not like Abby,” an insider told Us Weekly. “Many actually think she deserves a bigger sentence.”
Abby Lee was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud and failing to declare $120,000 of Australian currency that she brought into the U.S. She was indicted on 20 counts of fraud in 2015. As Refinery29 reports, Abby has 45 days to admit herself to a correctional facility. She also has to pay a fine of $40,000 and $120,000 for the currency violation.
“A year and a day. It sounds like a movie title,” she said of her impending sentence during a recent interview with Good Morning America.
“We’re just going to pretend I’m shooting a movie and we’re on set and I’m there for 10 months and that’s the way it’s going to be.”
Abby Lee left Dance Moms n March and was replaced by former Dancing With The Stars pro dancer, Cheryl Burke. The source told Us Weekly that the cast of Dance Moms like Cheryl a lot better than Abby.
In her Good Morning America interview, Abby chose to focus on the bright side of her prison sentence and what she plans to do when she’s in the slammer.
“[I hope to] be a smarter businesswoman and also to worry about myself,” she added.
“I have spent so much time and so much energy making other people’s children stars. I didn’t have any children of my own. These were my kids and I raised them like they were my kids.”
— Variety (@Variety) May 10, 2017
There’s an interesting story behind the way Abby Lee Miller got caught. She filed for bankruptcy in 2010 but the judge presiding over the case raised alarm bells after viewing an episode of Dance Moms. It soon became clear that Abby had not added her salary from the show to her bankruptcy filing. That realization led to the launch of an investigation into her earnings from her show which revealed that Abby had hidden more than $755,000 from the court.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 9, 2017
“I went from being a dance teacher from Pittsburgh who never ran a family business, who never did the books, who never wrote the checks out [because] my dad was there, he had my back,” Miller said in an interview with People Magazine last month.
“When he died, I had these temporary people in there, now we’re finding out that money was going right and left — and I didn’t know that.”
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