Abby Lee Miller’s excuses from prison: I trusted the wrong people, I didn’t pay attention

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Former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller emerged from her prison-induced hiatus to share an update, and show off her slimmed-down physique.

Last May, the 51-year-old reality television personality was sentenced to 366 days in prison, having been indicted on 20 counts, including bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets, and false bankruptcy declarations. Prior to going into jail, she told ABC News that during her time behind bars, “[I hope to] be a smarter businesswoman and also to worry about myself.”

According to US Magazine, Abby has taken some steps to do just that, completing a prison Release Preparation Program and receiving a certificate in personal finance on December 15. She also passed an Adult Continuing Education class and received a certificate for real estate.

On Sunday, Abby posted a photo to Instagram with some visitors who came to wish her well at the federal prison in Victorville, California, where she’s been serving out her sentence. Abby, who underwent gastric bypass surgery in April of last year, looks noticeably slimmer, with reports that she may have lost as much as 100 pounds since going under the knife. In the post, Abby asserts that she hasn’t been exhibiting any “princess” behavior in prison, stating, “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.”

On how she ended up in the joint, she said, “Sometimes in life you make mistakes I trusted the wrong people and didn’t pay any attention to things I should of [sic].” She added, “I’m more than sorry for the mistakes I have made.”

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. My world flipped upside down when I had to enter prison. 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. All the press stories and speculation are not entirely correct however, I am feeling hopeful but no dates have been confirmed at this time. 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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Abby went on to say that she is “feeling great” and alluded to an early release, clarifying that “no dates have been confirmed at this time.” A source told Entertainment Tonight that Abby could be released from prison on February 20, and would report to a halfway house in Van Nuys, California upon her release. That seems like not much punishment for her crimes, does it? I wonder if she has really learned her lesson. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

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  1. me says:

    She’ll be on every magazine cover when she gets out flaunting her weight loss. Ughh.

    • Pandy says:

      Totally. Did anyone ever care about this woman? Her weight loss will be her entree back sadly. At least temporarily.

  2. Dolkite says:

    So her apology is “It’s someone else’s fault and I was wrong to trust them. I also ‘made a mistake’ in not realizing that its illegal and morally reprehensible to falsely claim you’re broke. When I was in prison, I learned that lying is wrong and can get you into real trouble.”

    God, I hate people who say “I made a mistake” when they commit a crime, as if they didn’t realize what they did was illegal.

  3. Loopy says:

    I have seen people who are in prison and also in big brother tweeting or on instagram….do they have access or do they pass notes to their visitors/agents?

  4. Louise177 says:

    Between good behavior, white collar crime, and overcrowding not a surprise she may get out early.

  5. zuzusgirl says:

    She’s vile.

  6. MJC says:

    I don’t like her but it’s also easy to believe, she’s not the first nor the last person who gets some fame/money and starts feeling invincible and untouchable. I mean, we elected someone who has done far worse than she did. Financially, she defrauded the government, not excusing it, but Trump has legions of closed businesses on his back AND the government wasn’t bailing her out of her mess.

    And prison is humbling, rather hear she’s trying to learn, taking advantage of what they offer, and volunteering than creating drama, etc.

  7. noway says:

    She committed bankruptcy fraud. Honestly people get little time for assault, rape and other violent crimes. The amount of money wasn’t that large either. It’s not like it was Enron or something else. Her celebrity probably was a hindrance for her sentencing, I was surprised she got time at all, and just wasn’t forced to pay restitution.

  8. Embee says:

    I root for AbbyLee. That show was designed to bring out the worst in everyone. Yes, she played along, but I think she got sucked in by the show. I only watched Seasons 1 and 2 on Amazon Prime and she really seemed to care about those girls. And her talent is phenomenal. I am excited to see what she does when she gets out. She’s got a lot to give.

    • Runcmc says:

      You should watch the rest of it. The show brought out the absolute worst in everyone involved- from Abby to the moms to even the kids (they’re in their teens now and pretty insufferable). Early seasons Abby was misunderstood, later seasons…well, she turned into a pretty bad person, although I do think a lot of what happened was instigated by production.

      • Embee says:

        I definitely will but I have to take the whole thing in doses. All the yelling and drama overwhelms me. But I could see the difference between seasons 1 and 2 and saw that production had clearly egged them on to be more hostile. Yuck

  9. Robin says:

    Looks great on the outside, still ugly, mean, and entitled on the inside. No doubt she’ll do well.