It’s been two weeks since “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller turned herself in to federal prison, but new footage that aired Tuesday on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms: Abby Tells All Exclusive” revealed just how emotional the big moment was.
Miller was sentenced to a year and a day in prison after she pleaded guilty to hiding more than $775,000 in earnings from her creditors, among other fraud charges.
The star is best known for her loud personality on Lifetime’s hit reality series, “Dance Moms,” where she led a number of young dancers at her famed studio to stardom.Screenshot/GMA
Initially, Miller acted as if she wasn’t concerned about her time behind bars. She even said that she planned to write a book about the whole experience.
But the star put on a much different face when the time finally came to go into the slammer.
In a video of the tense moment, Miller clung to a bowl of macaroni and cheese as she and the camera crew approached the prison’s guard gate.Screenshot/GMA
The crew had to stop filming once they got on prison grounds, but they left the audio rolling. And it captured the sobs of a very shaken Miller.
Through tears, Miller asked the guard if she would even be able to use the restroom once inside:
“Can you tell me, um, from where we get out of to the car where I could go to the ladies room, is it far?”
The guard then said they would explain inside. That’s when Miller mumbled to herself, “It’s over.”
Lifetime also aired an exclusive interview with the “Dance Moms” star filmed in the weeks leading up to her prison time, and Miller seemed shaken.Screenshot/GMA
When the interviewer asked what Miller was “scared” of during her time behind bars, the star wouldn’t even answer out of fear other prisoners would use her answer against her. She said:
“I’ve been told not to talk about it because once they know when they see this and they know that’s what they’ll go after. So I am you know, petrified.”
According to “Good Morning America,” Miller went on to say that she probably “won’t survive” her time behind bars if other inmates decide to “gang up” on her.
There’s no word yet how Miller has fared her first few weeks in jail.
Fans will most likely have to wait until the reality star finishes her “tell-all” book to find out how it all goes down.