In the world of reality television, people seem to live by different rules. Many of the things they do would get the ordinary individual sent immediately to trial. In the norm, extensions are only allowed some of the time and for complex cases where those involved have trouble being present. In the “Reality World,” extensions seem to be the norm.
Case in point, Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms fame. Ms. Miller has been indicted on over 20 counts of fraud. This has been ongoing since October of 2015. Every time she is supposed to go before the judge for pretrial, she gets an extension. She even got a “leave the country” pass for work related business. With her sixth extension given this week, she must hold an all-time record. Luckily the judge said no more.
I’ve seen the court documents and read some of the statements. When someone tells her lawyers — “Let’s keep Abby out of jail” — the average person would assume that she (Abby Lee Miller) knew what was going on. Her excuses in the press has ranged from no comment to blaming her deceased father for her woes. And the statements in emails — well — they didn’t exist.
Let me just start off by saying that I don’t see why Abby had to leave the country in March. From all her posts on Twitter and Instagram, it looked like the trip wasn’t show related but to build up her image overseas. I saw no mention of cameras rolling only meet and greets and performances which means she was earning money but not necessarily for her “Abby Lee Dance Studios.” Also the only dancer who appears to have traveled with her was her newest. Not much of a draw for long time Dance Moms fans expecting to see Maddie Ziegler.
Ms. Miller always seems to search for someone else to blame. She tried putting it off on her lawyers, her accounts, Collins Productions, Lifetime — anyone who she did business with — but nothing seems to change. No blame for Abby Lee. Now the press is reporting that she knew nothing of her finances. Her father took care of her business affairs; and after he died, she didn’t pay attention? If I have a business that was my livelihood, I would.
I don’t know how this will play out. The internet is hinting that a plea bargain is being worked on that would see Ms. Miller get parole. Is this fair? Well, I’m not the courts. And only time will tell on what actually happens.