Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller: Terrified of Being Raped or Beaten in Prison as She Awaits Fraud Sentencing
"I'm afraid of being physically abused or raped," Abby Lee Miller tells PEOPLE
Dance Moms‘ Abby Lee Miller‘s legal woes could land her in prison — and she’s terrified.
“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.”
In October 2015, Miller was charged with attempting to hide $775,000 of income from her Lifetime series and its spin-off, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, as well as multiple other projects during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. She allegedly hid the money in secret bank accounts between 2012–13. In June 2016, she plead guilty to bankruptcy fraud.
The reality star was also accused of divvying $120,000 into separate plastic bags and having friends carry them in their luggage in August 2014, which is in violation of a law mandating people report if they are bringing more than $10,000 of a foreign currency into the U.S. However, in January, she promised to forfeit the $120,000 Australian that she pleaded guilty to failing to report when she brought it into the United States illegally, reports the Associated Press.
A federal judge in Pittsburgh will decide whether she will go to prison for up to 2 1/2 years for the crime at a sentencing hearing on May 8.
“I think the prosecutor [Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Melucci] is trying to make an example out of me,” Miller says.
Regardless, Miller is prepared to take the punishment.
“It’s out of my hands,” she told PEOPLE last month. “I made mistakes and I trusted people, but ultimately I have to take responsibility.”
In March, to controversial reality star announced her resignation in an Instagram post on Sunday, accusing officials behind the popular Lifetime show of treating her “like dirt” after she wrapped filming for season 7B.
“I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS,” Miller 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!”
Miller noted that she had recently defied a producer’s orders to have her popular piece “Where Have All the Children Gone” performed — “ALONG WITH THREE BEAUTIFUL SOLOS!” she said.
“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!” she continued. “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!”