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“Where in the World Is Abby Lee Miller?” is the twenty-sixth episode of the fifth season of Dance Moms. It first aired July 7, 2015.

Synopsis

After last week’s blow out between Abby, Kira, and Kalani, all three are nowhere to be found. With only five weeks to go until Nationals, each girl has a solo to determine who will get a spot at the National Competition. Meanwhile, Kendall’s single is dropping, but without her manager there to promote her, there is minimal fanfare. Nia meets with music producers to plan for her next single which includes a rap, a first for her. Therefore, Holly decides to enlist the help of a special guest to get Nia in the zone, which only serves to make Jill jealous.

Competition Attended

Sheer Talent in Westminster, California, on April 25th.

Weekly Dances

Abby Lee Dance Company
Dancer(s)
Dance Name
Dance Style
Place
JoJo Shadows Contemporary Scratched
Kalani Reign Contemporary 1st in Teen Solo
Kendall Welcome to My Life Jazz 3rd in Pre-Teen Solo
Mackenzie Superstar Acrobatic Jazz 1st in Junior Solo
Maddie Golden Girl Lyrical 1st in Pre-Teen Solo
Top solo score of competition
Nia House of Voodoo Contemporary 2nd in Teen Solo

Other Information

  • There was no pyramid this week due to Abby not being present.
  • April 21st: Official release of “Wear ‘Em Out” on iTunes (pre-orders starting April 7th).
  • April 24th: JoJo is scheduled to release a music single called “I Can Make You Dance.” Tour performances were scheduled for April 24th and 25th and 26th. (Links to JoJo’s tour dancers, and to JoJo’s larger squad.) The rest of the team was rumored to have attended the 25th date in Anaheim, with filming for the show. There is also a video of JoJo performing to a live performance of “Chandelier” in Sacramento, sung by Sela Hack.
  • D.J. Pierce was at rehearsals on Friday, in the persona of Shangela Laquifa. (photo.)
  • Jill and Kendall were on Afterbuzz TV, along with part of their music team (Shayon “the Hitman” Daniels and Nicci Music.) Among other remarks, Jill commented on producers seeking to create drama and conflict with Holly and Nia. There is also an additional secondary interview with Jill and Kendall by JJ Snyder.

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Abby Lee Miller has been steadily making progress toward walking again, nearly two years after she was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a rare type of cancer that affected her spine. And, in a new video shared to Instagram, Abby showed that she’s actually doing turns now.

“Turning? Not exactly the technique I taught in my studio to all those kids!” she wrote in the caption. In the video, you can see Abby holding onto a railing during physical therapy. Her wheelchair is in the background and she says, “Check out my turns,” as she lets go of the railing. Abby’s a little unstable at first but then, using the support of the railing, she turns to the side. You can then see her in the mirror, where she lifts her hands and says, “ta-da!”

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People naturally freaked in the comments. “You are slaying!! Love you❤️,” one wrote. “So proud of u🔥,” said another.

Abby has been in a wheelchair since April 2018 and she’s been working incredibly hard to get mobile again. Back in June, Abby announced that she planned to be walking again by September, and she’s making great progress.

Abby had knee replacement surgery in July and, since then, she’s shared a slew of videos on Insta of herself steadily making progress. There was this one:

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In my former life, I would never ever In a million years post a video of myself in a bathing suit in the pool – this felt so good and makes me so happy I had to share! . . . . . #dancemoms #season8 #aldcla #losangeles #ALDC #abbylee #abbyleedancecompany #abby #abbyleemiller #pool #walk #rehabilitation #physicaltherapy

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This one:

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And this one:

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Basically, Abby is totally crushing it on the recovery front!

Korin Miller Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more.

Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms has had a pretty challenging last few years, to say the least. She spent eight months in prison in 2017 after being charged with bankruptcy fraud. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in the immune cells. Her grueling surgeries and chemotherapy treatments left her confined to a wheelchair. But she has hope that things may change soon, according to Survivor Net.

Being stuck in a wheelchair prohibited Miller from doing the thing she loves the most, and is the most known for: dancing. This didn’t keep her from heading back to the set of Dance Moms. Miller has regained some of her strength and is now able to do some of the dance moves she wasn’t able to complete previously, as she showed in a recent Instagram video.

Fans were amazed to see Miller back on her feet in the video, which was taken at a physical therapy facility, needing only a little support from a walker. She smiled proudly while showing off her newfound ability to be able to bend down and straighten herself back up.

Fans and even some of Miller’s former colleagues and students were quick to praise her hard work in the comment section.

“New Year! New Goal! New Hope!” was her uplifting caption.

“I love your hair and I’m so proud of you,” wrote singer Todrick Hall, who has worked with Miller in the past.

“Your progress is truly inspiring! Incredible job, one day that walker won’t even be there and you’ll be giving your dancers a run for their money,” wrote a fan.

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Miller had been candid about her cancer battle and recovery journey, often documenting her progress on social media. In an emotional interview from 2019, the dance instructor explained some of the hardest parts about her lack of mobility due to her health problems. She explained that while many might think her inability to walk would be the hardest part, there were other aspects of life in a wheelchair that were even more challenging, for example not being able to go to the bathroom on her own.

Miller had to rely on a catheter due to her inability to go to the bathroom as she normally would, as The Inquisitr previously reported.

“People always think the worst part of being in a wheelchair is not being able to walk or ride a bike, but for me, it’s just the process of using the bathroom,” she said.

They may no longer be living on the dance floor each week on “Dance Moms,” but that doesn’t mean you keep catch up with some of your favorite Lifetime stars! From Twitter, to Facebook, YouTube and more, there are several social media platforms being used by the young stars and their moms of the hit reality series.

As previously reported, former ALDC team member Chloe Lukasiak, who left the series with her mom, Christi, in Season 4, has recently become a YouTube sensation. The 14-year-old newfound music video star’s on-screen and off-screen pal Paige Hyland, also 14, has also found success on the video sharing site. In her posts her former co-stars, mom Kelly Hyland and her 17-year-old sister Brooke Hyland, sometimes make cameos. And that’s not all!

How could we forget about Asia Monet Ray? After storming the stage and take home third-place on Season 1 of “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” coach Abby Lee Miller invited the young dancer to perform on the ALDC’s elite junior team in Season 3. But after one short season, she decided to part ways with the team in order to pursue other opportunities. She later landed her own show on Lifetime, “Raising Asia.” In recent years, the 9-year-old has been busy doing what she does best: dancing and singing and posting it all to social media.

Another notable face from “Dance Moms” that is no longer is powerhouse Sophia Lucia. In Season 3, Abby brought in the now 12-year-old performer to ruffle her star dancer Maddie Ziegler’s feathers. She did just the trick. Maddie has since gone on to star in several music videos for pop singer Sia, and her competitor has found equal success. Like Maddie, 12, Sophia is now one of the faces of Capezio dance wear. Like Paige and Chloe, She has also recently started uploading to her YouTube channel.

Find out how to connect with Chloe Lukasiak, Asia Monet Ray, Paige and Brooke Hyland and more on social media below. (Note: click on the user names to be sent directly to each reality stars’ social media account.)

Chloe Lukasiak

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Christi Lukasiak

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Bonus: Christi’s daughter Clara, 5, also has her own YouTube channel, Clara’s World.

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Kristie Ray

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Brooke Hyland

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Paige Hyland

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Kelly Hyland

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Bonus: You can follow Kelly’s son, Josh Hyland, 16, on Instagram at hyland_josh_63.

Sophia Lucia

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Ever since Abby Lee Miller, 51, revealed that she is battling a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called Burkitt lymphoma in April, fans have been understandably concerned about her health.

So when the former Dance Moms star posted a photo to Instagram on Sunday with a mysterious caption, many people were left feeling worried and puzzled.

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Blast off !!! Get ready for the countdown… I’ve got 5 to survive #5daystogo #freeabbylee

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“Blast off!!! Get ready for the countdown… I’ve got 5 to survive #5daystogo #freeabbylee” she wrote.

Naturally, many commenters were left wondering: Five days until what, exactly? Given her cancer diagnosis, some people assumed the worst.

“She will die in 5 days?” wrote one user. “Well it has to be until she dies because she said ‘I’ve got 5 to survive’ so she means 5 days left to survive then she’s dead,” wrote another.

Other people thought that Miller might be completing her cancer-related medical treatment in five days, and that’s what she was counting down to.

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But fans can rest easy knowing that’s almost certainly NOT what Miller meant.

Most likely, she was referring to the fact that she is being released from custody on May 25. In 2017, she was convicted of bankruptcy fraud. She was ordered to serve one year and one day in prison. On March 27, 2018, she was transferred to a halfway house in Long Beach, California to finish out her sentence.

Her official release from custody was originally scheduled for June 21, but online records now list her release date as May 25, according to the Associated Press.

Given her use of the hashtag “#FreeAbbyLee,” her May 20 Instagram post is almost certainly referring to her May 25 release from custody, which should come as a huge relief to concerned Dance Moms fans.

Miller is best known for starring on the Lifetime reality show Dance Moms, as a director, dance instructor, and owner of Abby Lee Dance Company. Miller quit the show in March 2017, just weeks before her May sentencing, and Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke stepped in to take over the remaining episodes of the season. While some fans were hoping the show would return at some point, recent reports are now saying that Dance Moms has been canceled for good.

Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Released from Prison After 8 Months, Transferred to Halfway House

Abby Lee Miller has been released from prison and transferred to a halfway house, PEOPLE confirms.

The Dance Moms star had been serving her 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud at the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California since July. On Tuesday, she was transferred to the Residential Reentry Center in Long Beach, a facility that provides a structured and supervised environment where she’ll be given employment counseling, job placement and financial management assistance.

TMZ reports that she’s scheduled to be released May 25.

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In October 2015, Miller was charged with attempting to hide $775,000 of income from the Lifetime series, its spin-off Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and multiple other projects during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Miller, who allegedly hid the money in secret bank accounts between 2012–13, pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud in June 2016. She was also accused of divvying up $120,000 and having her friends carry the money in plastic bags in their luggage in August 2014, which she promised to forfeit in January.

In May 2017, Miller received a sentence of one year and one day in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. She was additionally fined $40,000 and ordered to pay the $120,000 judgment, as well as give a DNA sample relating to her felony charge.

She reported to the correctional institution to begin her sentence in July 2017.

“I’m afraid of being physically abused or raped,” Miller, 51, told PEOPLE in April. “I have to stay busy. If I thought about it every day, I’d just sit around and cry.”

But she made the most of her time.

In December, the controversial reality TV star announced that she had passed two classes she had been taking while serving her sentence.

“Feeling extremely proud of myself!! Passed my Real estate class and my got my Personal finance class diploma. #itsnevertoolate” she wrote on social media.

Last month, Entertainment Tonight reported Miller had lost about 100 pounds and was feeling “great.” And Miller posted a photo of herself on Instagram in January wearing a prison uniform and posed up with some of her visitors.

“Sometimes in life you make mistakes I trusted the wrong people and didn’t pay any attention to things I should of. I’m more than sorry for the mistakes I have made,” Miller wrote in the caption.

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“My world flipped upside down when I had to enter prison,” she continued. “I did so with grace, the stories you read about me been a princess are untrue. I have made friends with both inmates and staff, I’ve tried to better myself, participated in anything offered to me and I am a better person for this experience.”

“I am feeling hopeful but no dates have been confirmed at this time,” she concluded the caption. “I am feeling great and ready to turn over a new leaf thank you so much to everyone for your support especially my nearest and dearest I love you all ❤ ( and yes this is me in prison ) #abbyleemiller #abbylee #dancemoms #dance #aldc.”

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  • By Emily Strohm
  • ‘Dance Moms’ star Abby Lee Miller is now cancer-free and finished her 10th and final round of chemotherapy as of April 2019.
  • Abby has been chronicling her treatment for Burkitt lymphoma ever since she was diagnosed back in April 2018. She has continued rehabilitation treatment all through 2019 to be able to walk again after her spinal surgery and cancer treatment.
  • Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is a cancer that starts in the white blood cells and can be lethal within weeks without treatment.

After a rough couple of years that included a prison sentence and rare cancer diagnosis, Abby Lee Miller is on the mend and relying on others to coach her now. It’s taken months for Abby to get where she is now, able to walk 86 steps with an assistive device, according to a recent ‘Motivation Monday’ Instagram video she posted. She filmed the entirety of Dance Moms: Resurrection (the eighth season of the show, that aired on Lifetime in June), but she’s still working hard to get healthy and be able to walk again after her treatment for Burkitt lymphoma, a rare type of cancer that affected her spine.

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Abby shared a video on Instagram of herself this past November in a Neuro-Physical Therapy rehabilitation center in L.A., and she is still on a pretty regular physical therapy schedule to try to regain her strength.

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Apparently all that PT is paying off. Just a few weeks ago, Abby shared a video of herself actually dancing again at physical therapy (she was doing jazz hands). Pretty damn amazing, given that she’s been largely wheelchair-bound after being diagnosed.

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Wait a minute, tell me more about Abby’s cancer diagnosis.

Abby was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, in April 2018, following emergency spinal surgery. From there, it’s been a long, winding road of treatment for Abby, who also had to learn how to walk again after two emergency surgeries on her spine, in addition to her chemotherapy, according to ET Online.

In October 2018, Abby completed her ninth round of chemotherapy (and celebrated by posing a video of herself on Instagram doing flutter kicks). “Hallelujah! 9 down 1 to go!” she wrote.

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Just some silliness while I’m back in for my next to last round of Chemo! Hallelujah! 9 down 1 to go! #dancemoms #abbyleemiller #aldcalways @aldcstudiola #aldcla @aldcstudiopgh #ALDC

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Abby’s stayed pretty positive on social media amidst her dramatic health struggles. “After the second surgery, my back is finally on the mend. I just wish the top section and bottom would hurry along too!” she wrote on Instagram in June 2018, showing off her surgical scars. “I had 52 staples perfectly aligned and now a bunch of crazy stitches are holding my neck and lumbar region together!”

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After the 2nd surgery, My back is finally on the mend. I just wish the top section & bottom would hurry along too! I had 52 staples perfectly aligned and now a bunch of crazy stitches are holding my neck & lumbar region together! #abbyleemiller #abbylee #dancemoms @hoomanmelamedmd #aldc #aldcla #spjne #disc

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Previously, she shared a selfie from her hospital bed after being labeled a “fall risk.” “If I could fall, I would crawl to the mall!” she joked.

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If I Could FALL, I Would CRAWL To The MALL! #spinesurgery #abbyleemiller #dancemoms #dance #thebestisyettocome #aldcla #aldc

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But it hasn’t been all lighthearted: In August 2018, Abby suffered a setback in her treatment when she came down with a high fever accompanied by a low white blood cell count. “Pray 🙏🏻 my white blood cell count goes up and my 103 fever goes down!” she wrote in an Instagram post.

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It’s Friday 👍🏼Yay & Pray 🙏🏻 my white blood cell count goes up and my 103 fever goes down! Yikes! #abbylee #abbyleemiller #dancemoms #aldc #aldcla #spinesurgery

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She announced that she had finished her tenth chemo treatment in April 2019, the one-year anniversary of her spinal surgery, with a photo on Instagram. In May 2019, she shared that she was cancer-free and continuing rehab to learn to walk again.

What exactly is Burkitt lymphoma?

In case you’re not familiar with it, Burkitt lymphoma is an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects white blood cells, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

With Burkitt lymphoma, the cancer usually starts in a person’s abdomen, where it forms a large tumor. It can spread rapidly to the brain and spinal fluid. It is very rare, according to the ACS—making up just 1 to 2 percent of all lymphomas.

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“Burkitt lymphoma is very aggressive,” says Jack Jacoub, MD, a medical oncologist and medical director of MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif. “It can be lethal in a matter of weeks with no therapy.” Luckily, the ACS says that more than half of patients can be cured by “intensive chemotherapy.”

For Abby’s specific type of cancer, treatment generally involves undergoing chemotherapy cycles for four to five months, Jacoub says. That can include chemotherapy injections into the spine as well as intravenous chemo.

Has Abby had any side effects from her cancer or chemotherapy?

Around the same time as her second surgery, Abby also started her third round of chemotherapy—and took a moment to say goodbye to her hair in an Instagram post, writing “HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW…” along with the hashtag #chemo.

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HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW… #abbyleemiller #dancemoms #aldc #aldcla #chemo

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Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy, according to the ACS, and occurs when chemotherapy drugs damage the hair follicles. Sometimes hair only falls out on a person’s head, though hair loss can also happen in the pubic area, as well as on the arms and legs; eyebrows and eyelashes may be affected too.

Abby also had to be cautious in the sunlight due to her chemotherapy. “Going outside to feel the sun on my face was wonderful!!!” she wrote on Instagram in early June 2018. “Kids, never take anything in this world for granted! It can all change so suddenly! The Brilliant Dr. B cleared me for sunning this afternoon! Woo Hoo! Thank you sir!”

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Going outside to feel the sun on my face was wonderful!!!Kids, never take anything in this world for granted! It can all change so suddenly! The Brilliant Dr. B cleared me for sunning this afternoon! Woo Hoo! Thank you sir! #abbylee #dancemoms #aldcla #ALDC

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Jacoub says people who undergo chemo can burn a lot easier and quicker than others. He adds that doctors usually advise patients not receive direct, prolonged sun exposure for several weeks after their last chemotherapy session. However, it’s probably okay to briefly grab a few rays here and there.

Here’s hoping Abby continues to feel like showing off her dance skills on Instagram!

Korin Miller Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more. Aryelle Siclait Assistant Editor Aryelle Siclait is an assistant editor at Women’s Health where she writes about relationship trends, sexual health, pop-culture news, food, and physical health for verticals across WomensHealthMag.com and the print magazine.

It’s been a wild ride for Abby Lee Miller over the past few years: The reality star survived cancer, and made an epic comeback this year on Dance Moms season eight. But before all that, Abby served a stint in prison. (In fact, Abby even offered some advice to Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in case they spend time behind bars for their involvement in the college admissions scandal.)

But why exactly was Abby Lee Miller in jail? Let’s revisit.

Abby Lee Miller was sentenced to 366 days in prison in 2017 after being convicted of bankruptcy fraud. She was also given two years of supervised release, and a fine of $40,0000.

Here’s exactly what went down: The whole case started when Abby Lee defaulted on a $245,000 Florida condominium mortgage, and a $96,000 mortgage on her dance studio outside Pittsburgh, where Dance Moms was filmed. She reportedly told Extra, “I’m just a nice Catholic girl from Pittsburgh. … I know that I am not a criminal mastermind. I listened to the wrong people. I trusted people.”

Then, during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in 2012 to 2013, Abby Lee allegedly hid $775,000 of her Dance Moms earnings in secret bank accounts, per the LA Times. Not to mention, she also smuggled $120,000 of Australian currency into the country without declaring it at customs.

Abby Lee would have gotten away with it, too, if not for a “channel-surfing judge” who saw her on television while working on her bankruptcy case. He “concluded she must be making far more than the $8,899 in monthly income she initially declared,” according to the Associated Press.

Abby Lee wound up serving about eight months of her one-year prison sentence, and was released to a halfway house in March 2018, per USA Today.

So there you have it, that’s why Abby Lee Miller wound up serving time in prison.

Almost a year and a half after she was first indicted on 20 counts of fraud, former Dance Moms host Abby Lee Miller was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. After reporting in to a facility likely close to Los Angeles in about a month and a half and serving her time, Miller will have an additional two years of supervised release, Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti told the crying defendant and a packed courtroom this morning.

“You weren’t truthful, even when you knew you were supposed to tell everything, you still weren’t truthful,” Conti told Miller. “Somehow you got caught up in the world of fame and you lost your moral compass,” she added.

As a part of the cost of that loss, Miller will have to pay a fine of $40,000 and a $120,000 judgment for the currency-reporting violation charge the feds hit her with last summer. (UPDATE, 10:55 AM – Miller’s main lawyer Robert Ridge said outside courtroom that the defense “respects” the judge’s decision and has no plans to appeal. “I feel relieved, I feel peaceful,” Miller added to her attorney’s comments)

With the rarely low-key Miller having hidden more than $755,000 in earnings from the Lifetime reality series from the courts, the nearly two-dozen charges of fraud and more from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh were made public in October 2015. The detailed charges carried with them up to $5 million in fines and a possible five years in jail. If precedent for such white collar crime is a factor, it is likely Miller will not end up serving her full sentence in prison and be out in about nine months.

Lifetime had no comment on today’s decision, and Dance Moms producers Collins Avenue Entertainment did not respond to request for comment.

The ruling by Conti this morning comes after the government laid out its final argument and Miller took the stand in her own defense. “Dance Moms became a hit and I became a laughing stock of reality TV,” the former host tearfully told the judge of the perils of sudden fame that plagued her and led to the situation she found herself in today. Chastising herself for her behavior, Miller promised the judge she would not be back in a courtroom if given leniency. Miller also expressed a desire to go out for lunch with Conti “after this” — which now looks like it would be in 2020, if at all.

Earlier in the day, five character witnesses for the defense told the court that the argumentative and combative Miller seen on Dance Moms is not the person she really is.

On Monday, the court held a long session where the defense partially laid out its side of things with numerous witnesses outlining Miller’s bankruptcy. As a prelude to today, the hearing also saw Conti formally deliver the sentencing guidelines of 10-16 months and a $5,000-$55,000 fine for the fraud charges, and 18-24 months and a $7,500-$75,000 fine on the currency-reporting charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s office had wanted to see Miller behind bars for 2 1/2 years , while her lawyers sought probation for the first-time offender.

Today’s proceedings come as Miller is seemingly off TV for the next little while after she announced in late March that she was leaving the Lifetime series after several often contentious seasons due to dust-up with a Dance Moms producer on the Collins Avenue series. Having said that, there seems to have a been a lot of activity of late at Miller’s ALDC LA facility on Santa Monica Blvd in West LA. Additionally, sources say that Miller, never camera-shy, filmed a Dance Moms clip show recently.

Like today, Miller was in court for yesterday’s hearing, with her sometimes on-air adversaries Christi Lukasiak and Kelly Hyland sitting behind her. Their presence sent mixed messages, especially with Hyland suing Miller in 2014 for assault, defamation and destruction of her property.

Almost overlooked, the shifty details of Miller’s fraud only came out by accident. If bankruptcy Judge Thomas Agresti hadn’t nonchalantly turned on the then-relatively new Dance Moms on TV one night a few years ago, the buried big bucks might have never been dug up. Agresti was overseeing Miller’s pre-Dance Moms bankruptcy case, which looked to be winding up. However, while watching the show, the judge started wondering why money from the show wasn’t being included as a part of the bankruptcy proceedings, which had Miller claiming a total income of $8,899 a month.

A subsequent investigation by the feds revealed there were a lot of reasons why Agresti hadn’t seen anything. Among the many deceptions she employed, Miller had Collins Avenue pay her mother some of the thousands of dollars in fees due to her to escape the court’s notice.

After first pleading not guilty in November 2015 and putting up a public fight, the embattled Dance Moms host spun around and entered a guilty plea on June 27, 2016 as she faced the new charge of violating currency-reporting laws.

Monday’s hearing was filled with attorneys questioning FBI agent Sean Langford, the lead in the fraud case, along with reviewing emails and spreadsheets that included invoices and paychecks that the U.S Attorney’s office said were never reported when Miller filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Also, lawyer David Valencik, of Pittsburgh-based bankruptcy firm Calaiaro Valencik, testified that Miller hired the firm in 2010 as her finances hit a rough patch and her local dance studio faced a tax sale.

Interestingly, Valencik admitted that back then Dance Moms was not considered a strong source of income for Miller. “We didn’t think it was reliable,” the bankruptcy lawyer told the courtroom as a witness for the defense. Later in the day, Valencik told the court the Dance Moms money became much more central to Miller’s life and the bankruptcy case.

Repeating much of what they had said in previous documents submitted to the court in January, both Miller’s defense team and the feds filed final sentencing briefs late last week (read them here and here), with the former advocating probation because of lack of priors while the latter again sought jail time. Earlier this year, Judge Conti implied in tentative findings that she was inclined to lean towards no jail time for Miller because ultimately none of her creditors had been stiffed in the bankruptcy.

Part of Miller’s argument for leniency was that she made ill-considered choices because she was too caught up in the rapid acceleration of her life due to the success of Dance Moms. “Ms. Miller respectfully requests that the Court impose a non-custodial sentence after considering her acceptance of responsibility and the nature and characteristics of her conduct and her life,” said attorneys Robert Ridge and Brandon Verdream in a sentencing memorandum submitted early this year.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Melucci strongly disagreed, and made it known at the first part of the sentencing sessions January 20. Trying to convince the judge that Miller was not so innocent or duped by her own celebrity, he told Conti that the government believed the Dance Moms host “intended to cause harm” to her creditors by deliberately misrepresenting her income on bankruptcy filings in 2012.

That hearing on the same day that Donald Trump became President also saw Miller try to walk things back a bit. Her lawyers told the court Miller was dropping her attempts to keep the $120,000 she was accused of illegally sneaking into America from Australia in the summer of 2014. The feds also took something off the table too; the government had previously claimed that Miller had used minors to get the money back to America, implying members of the Dance Moms team. At that January 20 hearing, they removed their request to enhance Miller’s sentence for the use of minors in her activity of not reporting bringing more that $10,000 into the country.

Back in the TV world, there is no official word from Lifetime whether Dance Moms will be back for another season, though all indications are it will. There is also no official word who will be fronting the next season of the show.

Stephanie Hacke contributed to this report.

Abby Lee Miller shares her advice for stars facing prison time: ‘Be respectful’

It could be months before Felicity Huffman learns whether she’ll have to serve jail time after her Tuesday announcement that she would plead guilty for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal. But if she does, Abby Lee Miller has advice for her, courtesy of “Inside Edition.”

“Be respectful of everyone,” warned the “Dance Moms” star, who served eight months of a year-long sentence for bankruptcy fraud before being released to a halfway house last spring. “Keep a very low profile. Be kind to people. Tell your story but listen.”

Miller also speculated that if the “Desperate Housewives” star is sent to prison, she may have more to worry about from corrections officers than her fellow inmates.

“She’s a big star and I think… they’re going to be out for her. And I don’t necessarily mean the other inmates. I think they will welcome her with open arms,” the former reality star told “Inside Edition.”

In the reality star’s experience, “it was definitely the guards” doing the harassing: “They’re supposed to call you by your name or by your number. They would say, ‘Where’s that Dance Moms lady? Where’s that dance lady? We’re going to get her.'”

“When I went in, I was so afraid of what would happen with the other inmates,” she recalled. “That wasn’t the case at all. I met some of the kindest, nicest, most intelligent women that I’ve ever met in my life.”

Huffman, who is accused of paying $15,000 to her daughter to cheat on the SATs, was one of 13 defendants who have agreed to plead guilty to “using bribery and other forms of fraud” to secure their children’s admission to elite universities, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Guilty plea: Huffman announces, ‘I am in full acceptance of my guilt’

Prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of prison time “at the low end” of the federal sentencing guidelines range (months instead of a maximum of 20 years), a fine of $20,000, a year of supervised release, and restitution in an amount to be determined by the sentencing judge.

The agreement stipulates that Huffman will argue for less prison time under the sentencing guidelines. But the judge will have the final say on sentence and Huffman may not withdraw her guilty plea if she disagrees with how the judge calculates the guidelines or the sentence imposed.

On Wednesday, prosecutors hit 16 others, including “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, with an additional charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

According to the DOJ’s press release, the charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering.

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of spending $500,000 to get their daughters falsely designated as rowing recruits to guarantee admission to the University of Southern California, meaning they could potentially be fined $1 million.

Contributing: Maria Puente, USA TODAY

‘The offers are only going to get worse’: Loughlin charged with money laundering

  • Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Moms, seems single on- and off-screen, but fans still wonder if she’s married.
  • As it turns out, she has a pretty good reason behind her single status.
  • Though Abby has never tied the knot, she did once stage an engagement.

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has spent her entire adult life coaching young dancers, who often consider her a mother figure. Over the years, she’s weathered six and a half seasons of reality TV, a stint in prison, and most recently, a cancer diagnosis all while seemingly single. Despite not having a romantic partner by her side—both on- and off-screen—fans still wonder: is Abby Lee Miller married?

Turns out, the answer is a big ole nope. In a 2017 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Abby Lee revealed that she has stayed single because she simply hasn’t met anyone worthy of a relationship. “My problem is my standards are too high,” she explained. “I have really high standards and in my mind, I’m young—I’m like 22, 23, 24… that’s, like, the age.”

However, in the months before her mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, died from colon cancer in 2014, Abby staged a fake engagement to an actor named Michael Padula, even posting on Instagram about it.

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“My mother was very ill, and she just passed away,” she said in an interview about the fake engagement. “I just think it was a comfort thing for her to know there was somebody.”

That said, she hadn’t ruled out the possibility of dating again and is still looking for “The One” because the idea of a relationship sounds good on paper.

“I make decisions all day, so it’s nice for a woman like me to go to dinner and have the man take the menu and say, ‘Let me order,'” she told ET. “Other women would be offended by that but I’m like, ‘Good. Because I can’t make one more decision today.’ I want someone to rub my feet without being asked.”

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‘Dance Moms’ Spinoff

The Lifetime show was such a success that the network gave Miller another series, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, which debuted October 9, 2012. The program featured 12 dancers competing for $100,000 and a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Miller was a judge, along with Robin Antin, founder of the Pussycat Dolls, and dancer/celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson. The show aired for two seasons.

TV Persona

Miller refuses to see herself as a villain, even though that reputation was one of the reasons behind the popularity of Dance Moms. She told In Touch magazine in a 2013 interview that while her methods may seem harsh, there’s a rationale behind them. “When I tell a child something the first time, I’m nice. The 15th time, I start to get aggravated. By the 30th time, they’re doing 100 push-ups and I’m screaming at them, and of course that’s what they put on TV,” she said.

Amidst increasing legal trouble, Miller left the show in March 2016, and was replaced by dancer Cheryl Burke of Dancing with the Stars fame.

Legal Trouble and Imprisonment

In October 2015, Miller was indicted for 20 counts of bankruptcy fraud. She was accused of concealing income made between 2012 and 2013, totaling more than $750,000. In June 2016, Miller pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and charges she failed to report more than $120,000 in cash brought into the U.S. from Australia. In May 2017, she was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and was ordered to pay a $40,000 fine and spend two years on probation following her release.

Miller began serving her sentence at California’s Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in July 2017, and the following March she was transferred to a halfway house in Long Beach. Along the way, she passed classes in personal finance and real estate, and dropped 100 pounds. She was scheduled to earn her release from the halfway house on May 25, 2018.

Cancer Diagnosis

In April 2018, Miller underwent emergency surgery after experiencing “excruciating” neck pain and weakness in her arm. Although she was initially believed to be suffering from a spinal infection, Miller instead earned a preliminary diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The surgeon who treated the reality star noted that she had made “some recovery” as they awaited her pathology and oncology results. “We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery,” he said.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 21 September 1966, Abby Lee Miller is 53 years old as of today’s date 1st February 2020. Her height is 1.73 m tall, and her weight is 83 kg.

Career

Abby Lee Miller was inspired by her mother and launched her Dance Studio Reign Dance Production in 1995. She has numerous students learning under her supervision. Miller was a certified American Dance Master and included in the member of Dance Master in Pennsylvania.

Miller was cast in a reality TV series ‘Dance Moms’ of a worthy American Satellite Channel Lifetime in 2011. The series was about Abby Lee company’s practice sessions and performances of youngsters. Total seven seasons of the series were aired through February 2017. ‘Dance Moms’ have three spins offs ‘Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition’, ‘Dance Moms Miami’ and ‘Dance Moms Abby’s Studio Rescue.

Abby’s had a bad image regarding dishonesty in financial regard. Miller committed a white-collar crime bankruptcy not paying taxes more than $400,000 in December 2010.

The problems were getting bigger in 2015. Miller was accused of fraud for having a fake account to hide the earnings from the US Government. She was indicted for bankruptcy fraud and not disclosing the actual earnings and hiding money worth of $755,000. On May 2017 miller was sentenced to one year in jail and will pay fine $40,000.

Awards & Achievements

Abby Lee Miller has produced lots of talented dancers in America and is considered a very versatile dancer and entertainer. She played power roles in the TV movie, short videos, and series. She directed four short videos, produced one TV serials and appeared in more than forty main events of Hollywood. Miller was nominated for Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Personality Female 2014.

Net Worth & Salary of Abby Lee Miller in 2020

Abby Lee Miller Net Worth

As of February 2020, Abby Lee Miller’s total net worth is $3 million from all her incomes house, car, and endorsements. Miller has been a popular TV star after she appeared in ‘Dance Moms’. She owns a Dance Studio, which is also a healthy source of income.

Abby Lee Miller is one the best Dance Masters of last decade in America. She has inspired many of her students and entertained the public with her acting skills. She declared herself a dishonest character financially, but, she is still hoping for betterment in her life. She is serving in prison nowadays and making new friends in prison, sharing future plans with her new friends. It seems she is a woman that doesn’t want to stop in her entertaining career.