Abby Lee Miller’s legal woes became too much for her to handle in Tuesday’s Season 6 installment of "Dance Moms." After teasing her bankruptcy fraud charges and forthcoming court battle in the Lifetime series' season premiere, Abby made her upset over her possible jail time known in episode 3.
“Mini Dancers, Big Drama” kicks off with Abby revealing to her moms she will be introducing her new team of minis to ALDC LA. Little does Abby know her new troupe’s drama will be nothing compared to the bombshell she receives at the weekly competition.
After her team arrives to Devotion 2 Dance in Santa Ana, California, Abby receives a phone call and steps into the auditorium. “I have to take this phone call,” Abby tells her dance moms. “I just got a phone call for my attorney. I was expecting some news. It could be good news or it could be bad news.”
When viewers next see Abby she is in tears and talking on the phone about ALDC, her first dance studio in Pittsburgh. “This is all about Pittsburgh,” she tells her attorney. “I’m sure you did as I asked.”
During Abby’s emotional phone conversation, the moms goes into the hallway to comfort her. Dance mom Melissa Gisoni tells the cameras her daughters’ coach has been on an “emotional roller coaster” for the past week, partly because of her legal troubles. “Abby can’t handle anymore dramatic allegations. She’s already dealt with so many things and this is the straw that just broke the camel’s back," Melissa says.
When Abby does not return to the auditorium, the competition continues without her. Abby is soon after shown backstage on a different phone call, telling the person on the other line she’s not doing well. “The court and the judge they think I’m hiding money,” Abby explains. “I can be in jail. So, who knows? I’m finished.”
As previously reported, Abby was indicted on several counts of bankruptcy fraud in October. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Despite having one group number and two solos enrolled in the competition, Abby walks out of the event. She blows a kiss to the cameras as she drives off in her car.
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While the ALDC LA dancers don't have their coach with them ahead of their performances, they still manage to take home first place for their group hip-hop routine, "Straight Outta Pittsburgh." Kendall Vertes also wins, scoring second place for her jazz solo. JoJo Siwa takes third for her hip-hop routine.
In the dressing room, Melissa comments that Abby clearly did not want to stay at episode 3's event. Holly Frazier says she does not think Abby will be back, adding that the weeks to follow will be "very interesting."
"None of us know what the future holds for the ALDC, what happens to us and what happens to our girls if Abby Lee Miller goes to jail," Jill Vertes tells the cameras.
"Dance Moms" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.