‘Dance Moms’: What Prison Advice Does Abby Lee Miller Have for Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman?
Jail isn’t an easy place for anyone. Especially not celebrities. But actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin may be facing some serious jail time after participating in what has been dubbed “the college admissions scandal.”
The two women, along with numerous others, are accused of using bribery and tampering with entrance exams to get their children into prestigious colleges.
Huffman has since pleaded guilty in federal court to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to correct her daughter’s SAT answers. She had originally planned to follow the same route for her younger daughter but changed her mind.
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing money laundering conspiracy and mail fraud charges.
The pair are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes in order to have their daughters listed as crew team recruits at the University of Southern California, despite them having never rowed crew.
Loughlin and Giannulli have both plead not guilty.
What advice does Abby Lee Miller have for the actresses?
Though Loughlin pleaded not guilty, there is still a chance that she might go to jail. Huffman may also be facing jail time.
One celebrity who certainly knows how to navigate a jail sentence is Dance Moms star, Abby Lee Miller, who spent eight months in a federal correction complex.
She recently spoke to Entertainment Tonight and doled out some advice for the women.
“Don’t hire a prison consultant,” she said. “That’s one. Be open with people. They are celebrities. People know them from TV. TV’s a big deal in prison. A big deal. People watch it nonstop. So they’re gonna be interested in what it was like to be on a TV show. You know, what’s it like to, you know, be married to John Stamos?… What are all these things like? They’re gonna want to know.”
According to Miller, the key to getting through the time in prison is sharing your story.
“They’re interested, and I think if they share their stories and their tales of woe and all that, they will be just fine,” she said. “And I also think, you know, it’s important to listen to every other woman’s story, because everybody there just wants to tell their own story and be heard. I think that’s what I learned most. Everybody’s there because of some, you know, crazy nonsense stupid mistakes that we made …. and they still are just trying to tell their story.”
What should Loughlin and Huffman watch out for?
While Miller said that dealing with the other women can be easy enough, she didn’t feel the same way about the prison guards.
“It was bad,” she said of her interactions with the guards. “It was really bad — more so the female guards than the male. You know, you don’t need a lot of credentials to be a prison guard in a federal prison. And, you know, you give them a set of keys and a weapon and they’re in power.”
But just because the guards were cruel to Miller, doesn’t necessarily mean that Felicity and Huffman will face the same treatment.
“In my particular situation, they were — because of… my characterization on television and what I’m known for, and you know, screaming at the kids and yelling at the moms,” Miller told the outlet. “Everybody wants to have their chance to get a baseball bat and smack me in the face with it. That’s what it was like. I don’t think Felicity and Lori are gonna hit that same thing, ’cause that’s not the persona they have on TV. I think [Loughlin is] still going to be [America’s Sweetheart].”