Abby Lee Miller Blames Prison Time for Wheelchair Use

Abby Lee Miller, former star of "Dance Moms," claims her time in prison led to her current wheelchair use due to withheld medications. Miller served 8.5 months for bankruptcy fraud and is now involved in the dance world despite her physical challenges.

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Abby Lee Miller Blames Prison Time for Wheelchair Use

Abby Lee Miller Blames Prison Time for Wheelchair Use

Abby Lee Miller, the former star of the reality TV show 'Dance Moms,' claims that her time in prison led to her current wheelchair use. The 58-year-old dance instructor served 8.5 months behind bars in 2016 for bankruptcy fraud.

During her incarceration, Miller says she was "punished" by having her medications withheld "cold turkey." She believes this severe treatment while in prison contributed to her losing the ability to walk. Miller had been battling Burkitt lymphoma, a type of cancer, and was on various medications as part of her treatment.

Appearing on Bethenny Frankel's "Just B" podcast on May 7, 2024, Miller opened up about her prison experience and its impact on her health. "That's why I'm in a wheelchair ... because when I was in prison I was punished, and taken off all my medications cold turkey," she revealed.

Miller's legal troubles began in October 2015 when she was charged with attempting to hide $775,000 of income from her Lifetime series and its spinoff, "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition," as well as other projects, during bankruptcy proceedings. She pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and was sentenced to 8.5 months in prison.

The former dance instructor admitted that she "did things wrong," but insisted that the investigation into her finances was an "absolute witch hunt." Miller's reputation as a hard teacher on 'Dance Moms' has been criticized by some as emotionally and mentally abusive. Six of the girls from the show recently did a reunion to discuss their experiences with Miller.

Despite the challenges she has faced, Miller seems to be doing better physically and is not letting her wheelchair use get her down. She continues to be involved in the dance world and the casting process for 'Dance Moms,' although a decision on an eighth season has yet to be made.