It's Official: Abby Lee Miller's Finally had Enough With Dance Moms' BS
Updated March 28, 1 p.m. PT: Abby Lee Miller announced in an emotional Instagram post that she's decided to leave the show amid an ongoing investigation against her for fraud.
"The majority of children that follow me may be fast asleep, however now is the critical time to make the following statement: I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS," she wrote. "FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/ SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES, AND COSTUMING - TO NO AVAIL!"
She continued, "I don't have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people's children successful! I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED - DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT! #dancemoms #season7 #ALDC #aldcalways #newbeginnings #aldcla #alllovedancecourage."
Us Weekly reached out to Lifetime, where reps for the network declined to comment.
Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has one last attempt to avoid prison time in her bankruptcy fraud case.
Miller will be sentenced in a day's time, but on Tuesday, Jan. 17, her legal team filed a sentencing memorandum, obtained by E! News, claiming that a probation sentence is sufficient.
"Ms. Miller was overwhelmed and under-equipped, and this led to her failure to respect to [sic] the bankruptcy process," her legal representatives state. "Her engagement of lawyers, accountants, and other professionals was haphazard, episodic, and at times, counter-productive."
Her representatives also claim that she has suffered a "very public humiliation" and that she has since learned from her mistakes and acquired the help of financial experts "to ensure that she will not recreate the circumstances that led to this sentencing."
Miller could face up to five years in prison (a hefty prison sentence that would no doubt destroy her career), as well as a $5 million fine for the $755,000 in income she concealed in 2010.
However, the U.S. Attorney's office is not impressed with the sentencing memorandum, and according to E! News, they filed their own documents on Jan.17 stating that they recommend Miller receive a "guideline sentence." The reason for this recommendation is that they believe she "committed multiple offenses for which she accepted responsibility in the context of the bankruptcy. She both schemed to defraud the court, conceal assets, and falsify bankruptcy schedules while under oath."
They reportedly also noted several emails that Miller sent to her accountant following a 2013 hearing —where a judge reportedly demanded that she reimburse her creditors — as the reason for their recommendation.
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