Dance Moms star sentenced to prison
June 30, 2017
In late 2015, Miller was charged with hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy three years prior. She was also charged with smuggling in over $100,000 in foreign currency into the country without legally declaring it to customs. Miller pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud in the summer of 2016. Almost a full year later, she finally learned her fate in early May 2017. Sentenced to one year and one day in prison, Miller will face further supervision upon release. She will also pay $160,000 in fines and judgments.
You know her as the tough-as-nails face of Lifetime’s hit reality series, “Dance Moms.” Now Abby Lee Miller is facing a new kind of reality—prison. Miller built an entire brand on her loud and tough style of instructing young girls in the world of dance. Many criticized her treatment of the girls as near abusive. She has since departed the hit show, replaced by Cheryl Burke of “Dancing With The Stars” fame for the 2016 – 2017 season. While the series’ fate beyond this season remains uncertain, Miller will likely be a news story for the duration of her sentence.
Given her tough image, many speculate how she will deal with serving actual prison time. However, she might not serve her entire sentence and could be looking at about 10 months of time behind bars rather than the full year with further time at a probationary facility.
Despite her legal woes, Miller elected to go about business as usual. She made promotional stops for her show and embarked on approved business trips overseas. Still, she claims she understands the gravity of the charges against her. Despite how people might expect her to react given her public image, she has publically expressed both a willingness to accept responsibility for her mistakes and a fear of what might await her behind bars.
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