Two stars of Lifetime's reality series "Dance Moms," Abby Lee Miller and mom Kelly Hyland, took their TV drama to the courtroom in New York Tuesday following a recent scuffle that led to the 42-year-old mom's arrest.
According to TMZ, the co-stars are no longer allowed to contact one another in person or on social media, due to their catfight in November in which Hyland was arrested for harassment and assault. "During the hearing, Hyland was ordered by the judge to stay away from Miller while the case is pending, which means no talking, no phone calls and no tweeting at her," reads the report.
While the reality stars are making headlines for their temporary court-ordered no-contact rule, Miller's thoughts on her former student and longtime customer are equally shocking. When asked by TMZ reporters why she brought Hyland, mother to dancers Brooke, 15, and Paige, 13, to court, the 47-year-old Abby Lee Dance Company owner said it was all for the well-being of her young students, whom she feels are in danger under their mother's care.
"I have to stand by what I believe in," said Miller, who went on to claim that an unidentified friend's advice is what secured her decision to press charges against Hyland, who also has another child not on the show. "I said, 'Do you think I'm doing the right thing?' And they said, 'Hey Abby, if you don't press charges against her, the next thing it's going to be those two kids killed in the car with her. That's what it's going to be.'"
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Miller, who was joined by upcoming "Dance Moms" star Kira Girard, mother to dancer Kalani Hilliker, also gave a dig to Hyland for reportedly having police escorts when exiting the courthouse. "I think men think she's sexy…I think sometimes men think, 'Well, she's a dumb girl, so help her out.' She plays the dumb blonde thing," said Miller, adding, "I don't need a man to do my dirty work for me. She does."
TMZ first reported earlier this month that Hyland had been arrested for "assault and harassment" after she allegedly screamed and pulled Miller's hair following a dance-related scuffle in New York in November. According to the initial report, Hyland was booked but not officially charged with the crimes.
"Dance Moms" is currently in its fourth season. It is unknown if Hyland will appear in future episodes of the reality series, but according to TMZ, cameras were at the ready to capture the entire court appearance.