Convicted Dance Moms star breaks silence


ABBY Lee Miller said she “wasn’t ever trying to hurt anyone” after she was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for what she called “a mistake.”

The former Dance Moms star spoke to Good Morning America following her sentencing, which determined she will go to prison for bankruptcy fraud and for taking $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it.

A federal judge in Pittsburgh also ordered Miller on Tuesday to pay a $US40,000 ($54,000) fine and spend two years on probation following her release. Miller pleaded guilty in both cases last year.

Dance Moms star on jail sentence

Prosecutors said she tried to cheat her creditors by hiding $US775,000 ($1 million) worth of income and deserved prison.

“No. Not intentionally no,” she said of that claim when speaking with Good Morning America.

“A year and a day; it sounds like a movie title,” she reflected.

She’s expected to serve about 10 months.

“I’m just going to pretend that I am shooting a movie, and we’re on set, and I am there for 10 months, and that’s the way it’s gonna be,” she said.

media_cameraKendall Vertes (left), Abby Lee Miller (centre) and Jojo Siwa (right) accept the Favourite Reality Award for Dance Moms at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards in 2015. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Miller said she will spend her time behind bars “reading and I want to learn how to speak Spanish, and I am already working on a new book.”

She said she hopes “to be a smarter businesswoman and also to worry about myself.”

Miller was known for her brash behaviour and pursuit of perfectionism from her dance students on Dance Moms.

The US reality TV show followed a class of Miller’s elite students — including Maddie Ziegler, who frequently dances for Australian singer Sia — and the perilous relationship she had with the girls’ mothers.

media_cameraReality TV personality Abby Lee Miller leaves her federal bankruptcy fraud sentencing hearing in Pittsburgh. Picture: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Critics of Dance Moms accused Miller of being emotionally abusive toward the girls, and many episodes showed her students dissolving into tears after a harsh critique.

“I have spent so much time and so much energy making other people’s children stars. I didn’t have any children of my own. These were my kids and I raised them like they were my kids,” she said before she broke down in tears on Good Morning America.

Immediately after her sentencing she told reporters outside the court: “I feel relieved. I feel peaceful.”

media_cameraAbby Lee Miller and dancer Maddie Ziegler at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Picture: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV

This story originally appeared on Fox News and has been republished here with permission.

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