EXCLUSIVE: ‘Dance Moms’ star Abby Lee Miller – Pleas with Judge Not to Throw Her in Prison, Blames Hanger-On’s & Hollywood Culture For Her Crimes
The Dirty can exclusively report Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller is pleading with a judge to not sentence her to prison – in which she is accused of hiding $775k from creditors in her bankruptcy – with the reality star saying she was thrust into the Hollywood culture and took the advice of hanger-on’s and opportunists.
Miller pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud last year, following the reality star being charged over accusations she hid money from her reality show during her Chapter 11.
Back in 2015, the reality star was charged with attempting to hide $775,000 of income from her television shows Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. She plead guilty to the charge related to her failing to report thousands of Australian dollars she brought into the U.S.
The reality star is awaiting sentencing in the case. She is facing up to 5 years in prison and up to a $5 million dollar fine. Then this week, Abby and prosecutors headed to court filing their sentencing memorandum … with both attempting to convince the judge to side with them on sentencing day.
‘Abby says she had no financial experience of understanding of books and records. Due to the studio’s significant overhead and declining enrollment due to the economy she almost lost the business prior to being cast on the hit reality star.
Once she became famous, she says she tried to navigate the new Hollywood culture she was thrown into and became lost in the complexities of her new world. Abby blames hanger-on’s, long forgotten friends, well-meaning professional and opportunists for urging her to make the most of her new celebrity and pursued opportunities at their advice that disregarded her creditors in the bankruptcy.
She is pleading the judge to take into account the positive impact she has had on numerous young dancers and adults across the world. Abby is demanding the prosecution be shut down in their attempt to have her sentenced to prison and hand over $120k … which she claims are both unwarranted. Also, she points out she has no criminal history and suffered very public humiliation from the case … which she believes is reason enough to keep her out of prison.
Abby pleads with the judge not to sentence her to a day in prison due to the positive impact she has made in many young dancers lives.