Dance Mom’s chief leviathan Abby Lee Miller claims that she’s willing to delay shooting on Season 6 of her show because a producer with “cockamamie ideas” suggested that one of her child dancers don a fake pregnancy belly and perform as a pregnant teen. Way to put your foot down, Abby! Only the best and most tasteful routines for the Abby Lee Dance company!

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Miller reported the news in her December Dance Moms newsletter, writing:

If I’ve gone missing from a few episodes in Season 6, don’t believe anything anybody says...When a grown man tells me he wants one of my kids to portray a pregnant teen and wear a baby bump—I have to put my foot down. If that means not moving my foot and not working and getting fined in the process, well that’s a risk I am willing to take to protect my girls. I am always teaching principles, integrity, and values in addition to dance technique. It is important for me that the girls learn to stand up and fight for what they believe in!

A fine would be yet another item on Miller’s list of financial woes. She currently stands accused of hiding $755,492.85 of income from the IRS. On December 10, her lawyers appeared in court on December 10 and requested more time to prepare for trial.

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Deadline reported:

...A much longer-lasting source of the potential lack of Abby Lee Miller on Dance Moms could come from her grinding legal troubles. Multimillion-dollar troubles that Miller tried to hit a bit of a pause button on today.

“Additional time is needed for undersigned counsel to fully review the discovery material provided and to inspect and review the material located at the FBI’s Pittsburgh Office in order to perform a complete investigation of the facts and law before making informed decisions concerning the filing of pretrial motions,” said Miller’s lawyers Robert Ridge and Brandon Verdream of Pittsburgh firm Clark Hill PLC on Thursday in a filing in federal court in the Pennsylvania city (read it here).

While it’s a bummer that Miller might be missing from parts of the new season (especially for those of us who like watching mean ladies manipulate stardom-hungry mothers through the cruel treatment of their children), everyone—to borrow a Miller’s own phrase—is replaceable.


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