Abby Lee Miller, the star of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms,” has agreed to a deal with federal prosecutors and will plead guilty next week in a $5 million fraud case.
Details of the agreement were not released, but Deadline.com cites sources saying the deal “will likely see Miller escape significant jail time and pay a bulky fine in the case, which could have seen her behind bars for up to five years and paying out more than $5 million in fines.”
Miller, who was indicted last October on 20 counts of fraud, was due to submit pretrial motions in a little more than a week.
In a statement released Thursday by her attorneys Brandon Verdream and Robert Ridge and posted by Lifetime, Miller said: “Events over the past several months have been extremely challenging for me, my family, my friends and most important, my students. Because of this I made the very difficult decision to close the door on this chapter of my life by accepting responsibility for mistakes I have made along the way. I appreciate all the wonderful messages of support I’ve received from around the world and look forward to the future and getting back to my life’s work; helping young dancers fulfill their potential.”
Deadline notes: “As of now, ‘Dance Moms’ is set to return to the cable channel for the second part of its sixth season in the fall with Miller hosting.”