Abby Lee Miller was recently arrested for concealing $775,000 from the federal government in addition to concealing assets earned while abroad. The Dance Moms star has opened up during several interviews about the fact that she’s incredibly nervous to do her time and could be assaulted sexually or physically in prison.
The Dance Moms star has also been ordered to cough up a significant amount of money — $160,000 to be exact — in fines for her crimes before she reports to jail sometime next month. As a result, she has been doing personal appearances and interviews in order to make some money before she disappears for her one-year-and-a-day sentence.
Because she is due to report to prison soon, the Dance Moms star has travel restrictions placed on her. She is not allowed to travel outside of state lines, which has already landed her in trouble when she planned an appearance to dish on the TV show and had to cancel at the last minute because the court would not allow her to travel.
But now, she has petitioned the court well in advance to allow her to make appearances throughout the U.S. in order to get her hands on the cash before she makes her way to the clink. So much for rest and relaxation before hard times ahead!
Yesterday, her lawyer made a plea to the court.
“Ms. Miller is in the entertainment business, and a significant amount of her income is derived from personal appearances. Following the conclusion of Ms. Miller’s sentencing hearing on May 9, 2017, three television shows requested that Ms. Miller appear on the shows for compensation,” he said.
Thus far, the judge has not responded to the petition.
Abby Lee Miller has also requested that she serve time in California instead of her native Pennsylvania. This is due to the fact that she believes she can continue working while in prison, and that those who are interested in continuing with her can come visit her and talk business during visitation.
The Dance Moms star says she already has a show in the works that has been picked up and is ready to go. It will be a scripted series focusing on teenagers in dance, she hinted. She describes it as where Dance Moms should have left off.
“Someone’s already called me to be there to start saying shoot. We’re ready with cameras. We’re ready to go. I think I’ll be ready to go. If worse comes to worse, I’m a good teacher. I’m good at what I do. I have an eye for detail. I can take a beginner kid that has never danced in their lives and I can teach them something or I can take a really advanced dancer and I can make them into a professional,” she said.
Although her team has requested that the star stay near Los Angeles to continue her work, no one knows for sure what’s going on. Her lawyer, Brandon J. Valdream, made a statement to Radar Online.
“We are still in limbo right now and although she requested to be near her home in L.A., that is not set in stone. No one will know where she is going until next week,” he said.
Before going to prison, Miller had weight-loss surgery to transform her body into “the best shape of her life.” Although it is unclear if she will have an exercise regime in prison, it is clear that she will come out looking like a totally different woman than she did before — and she may be completely unrecognizable to the public.
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