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Abby Lee Miller says she'll pretend prison is just a movie set

UPI News Service, 05/10/2017 

Abby Lee Miller plans to pretend prison is just a movie set.

The 50-year-old former "Dance Moms" star shared how she'll cope in an interview Tuesday with "Good Morning America" after being sentenced to one year and one day in prison for bankruptcy fraud.

"I'm just going to pretend I'm shooting a movie and we're on set and I'm there for 10 months. That's the way it's going to be," Miller told correspondent Linsey Davis.

"[I'll spend my days] reading and I want to learn to speak Spanish," she added. "And I'm already working on a new book."

Miller's prison stint will be followed by two years of supervised release, federal judge Joy Flowers Conti ruled Tuesday in a Pittsburgh courtroom.

The star will also have to pay a fine of $40,000 and $120,000 judgement for a currency reporting violation charge in June.

Miller pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud in June after being indicted on 20 counts of fraud in October 2015.

She told Davis she wasn't "intentionally" trying to hide $775,000 during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in 2012.

"I wasn't ever trying to hurt anyone," the star insisted.

"I would have never filed for bankruptcy ever," she added in hindsight. "I do not recommend it."

Dance Moms star Maesi Caes was among those to voice their support for Miller online, calling the star a "truly inspiring, generous and passionate" teacher.

Miller quit the Lifetime series in March after six seasons with the show.

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