So, could someone finally be taking responsibility for her actions? And, if so, does this mean we’re saved from another season of Dance Moms? Would anyone really watch without the Ziegler girls anyway? So many questions, and unfortunately, we won’t be getting the answers to the latter two any time soon. However, it seems that Abby Lee Miller is finally coming clean about her little misunderstanding with the IRS.
The sharp-tongued dance instructor and reality star is no stranger to controversy, from her tyrannical teaching methods to her childish feuds with her students’ mothers. Add in her often flighty, mid-2000s Britney Spears behavior complete with fast food binges, glassy eyes, and hot rollers, and some wondered if Abby wasn’t the perfect candidate for 5150 hold. Obviously by “some” I mean me.
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Abby’s legal woes have been fodder for the media since she was indicted for bankruptcy fraud after filing Chapter 11 in 2012 and for failing to report outside currency in 2014. Four years ago, Abby filed Chapter 11, and we’ve all heard how her case wasn’t a blip on the radar until the judge happened across her show during the hearing. Here was a reality star with quite an empire, yet her reported earnings didn’t mention it. Last fall, Abby was formally charged with illegally attempting to hide close to $775,000.00 in Dance Moms cash.
Added to those charges are allegations that Abby violated federal law when she brought more than $10,000 of Australian currency into the country and failed to report it. Anyone bringing into the country more than $10,000 in outside currency is required to tell Uncle Sam about it. According to WPXI.com, prosecutors are hoping to make Abby forfeit $120,000 in connection with the charges, although they won’t confirm that is the amount of Australian currency Abby neglected to report.
For her part, Abby has issued a statement via her attorney. She states, “Events over the past several months have been extremely challenging for me, my family, my friends and most important, my students. Because of this I made the very difficult decision to close the door on this chapter of my life by accepting responsibility for mistakes I have made along the way.”
Abby continues, “I appreciate all the wonderful messages of support I’ve received from around the world and look forward to the future and getting back to my life’s work; helping young dancers fulfill their potential.”
A rep for Abby (who may have one of the harder jobs in LaLa land) clarified that when Abby said she was closing “the door on this chapter,” the reality star was referring to her legal troubles and not the show. Until I hear straight from Abby’s mouth, though, I’m assuming both! 🙂
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