Rumors about Dance Moms Season 7 getting cancelled has been going around the web for quite some time now following the departure of star dancer Maddie Ziegler and sister Mackenzie from the show. But this is not the only problem the reality dance show is facing at the moment as host Abby Lee Miller, who is also the founder of the Abby Lee Dance Company, is scheduled to plead guilty for fraud charges next week.
Miller will reportedly plead guilty for bankruptcy fraud and for failing to report over 10,000 Australian dollars that she brought into the country, FOX News reports. Miller recently released a statement through e-mail which was sent through her defense attorney from Pittsburgh, Robert Ridge, saying that she will be ?accepting responsibility? for these charges.
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.?
She concluded her statement with, ?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.?
Miller?s publicist, Sheryl Main, later on clarified that ?this chapter? of Miller?s life refers only to the legal charges and not her work on the dance show.
Investigation on the ALDC founder began in December 2012 when a channel-surfing bankruptcy judge saw Miller on TV and figured that her monthly income claims of $8,899 had to be inaccurate. Authorities later on determined that Miller concealed over $228,000 in income from Dance Moms and from the spinoff, Abby?s Ultimate Dance Competition. She also has about $550,000 from other TV appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sold online through www.abbyleedancecompany.com.
According to Deadline, sources say that the guilty plea will likely see Miller paying a hefty fine for the case worth more than $5 million which could save her from up to five years of jail time.
As for Dance Moms Season 7, there is no official decision as of now on the show?s fate on Lifetime.