Now that Abby Lee Miller is facing jail time, she’s quickly learning who her real friends are.
The former Dance Moms star is currently waiting to begin her 366-day jail sentence for bankruptcy fraud, but she isn’t letting that hold her back from making her usual public appearances. On Sunday, May 14, she walked the red carpet at the premiere party for E!’s newest reality TV series What Happens at the Abbey in Los Angeles and she opened up about which of her former co-stars have reached out to her since her sentencing.
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Ms. Abby, thank you for believing in me, and for all the opportunities you gave me. Being a part of the ALDC has made such a huge impact in my life. I am much stronger then I was, and I have had opportunities I never dreamed I would have. Thank you @therealabbylee for everything ❤️
“Nobody original from the show,” the 50-year-old told said. “You know, they’ve made a lot of money over the years and not a peep! And no one from the production company, no way.”
Specifically, she meant that the Lifetime series’ breakout stars Maddie Ziegler and Chloe Lukasiak and their mothers have not tried to contact Abby since news of her upcoming prison sentence broke. But the Abby Lee Dance Company founder said that Yolanda and Elliana Walmsley, Stacey and Lilly Ketchman, Jaime and Maesi Caes, and Brynn and Ashlee Allen all have sent her their well wishes — including some of her students who chose not to be featured in the series.
In 2015, Abby was indicted on fraud charges after she allegedly created a bank account so that she could hide $775,000 that she received as income from Dance Moms while she filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2010 — after she reportedly owed about $400,000 in taxes. She pled guilty to the charges back in January.
Last week, she was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, People previously reported. But even though she’s facing serious time, Abby had a very interesting reaction to the judges’ ruling.
“I feel relieved,” she told Entertainment Tonight as she left the courthouse. “I feel peaceful.”