Careful what you wish for, Abby Lee Miller. You might just get it — and more. Or less.
According to the Pittburgh Post Gazette, The Dance Moms hellion parlayed income from her growing notoriety on the Lifetime reality trainwreck into a healthy windfall she then tried to hide from bankruptcy court, following the reorganization plan she filed on behalf of her Pennsylvania-based Abby Lee Dance Co. in December 2010.
And it wasn’t an oopsie. Miller, 50, allegedly created back accounts specifically to keep the money a secret and ordered others to do the same. (You can read the Department of Justice release about the case here.)
Call it karma, call it irony — the federal bankruptcy judge in the case noted that he was prepared to approve the plan when he happened to spot ads for Dance Moms and its spin-off Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition while channel surfing at home. And on Tuesday, the now Los Angeles-based studio owner was brought back into court and charged with bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations after hiding more than $750,000 stemming from her appearances on the shows in 2012 and 2013.
Dance Moms is slated to return for Season 6 in January of 2016 and Lifetime has issued no official word about whether or not that is still their intention.
In the meantime, hold real still, disgruntled Dance Moms fans. Could that be Christi and Kelly you hear laughing and raising a told-ya-so toast?
So what are your thoughts, Dance Moms nation? Is this the last straw for you where Abby Lee is concerned? Where Dance Moms is concerned? Should Lifetime find a new way to feature those talented girls? Sound off in the comments section below.