'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Says Prison Guards Tried to Rip Her Eyelash Extensions Off
Abby Lee Miller also told Inside Edition she was singled out by guards.
"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller is detailing her treatment behind bars in her first interview since getting out.
"I have already been through the ringer," she told Inside Edition.
The reality TV star, who now uses a wheelchair after cancer ravaged her spine, served eight months at a federal prison in California for bankruptcy fraud.
"The first day was the worst day for me," she told Inside Edition's Chief Correspondent Jim Moret. "They tried to rip my eyelashes off that were extensions."
She said she was thrown into solitary confinement after being falsely accused of posting a photo of herself in prison with visitors. After that, she said her thyroid and diabetes medications were taken away.
Miller said the guards also singled her out.
"I would have strange guards that were never in our unit, that I never saw before, walk in and ask others girls, 'Hey, where's that 'Dance Moms' lady? Where's that dance lady? I am going to get her,'" she said. "Then they come to your locker, they take a can of red soda pop, shake it up, open it and spray it all over your clothes."
Before going into prison, Miller underwent gastric bypass surgery. She lost 127 pounds while behind bars. But since her release, she's gained 40 pounds back.
"Well, I sit in a [wheelchair] and everyone wants to take me to lunch and take me to dinner," she said.
Miller's health problems began when she left prison and was released into a halfway house last March. Shortly after, she fell ill and became paralyzed within days. Doctors rushed her into surgery and were able to remove a tumor wrapped around her spine, but it was a close call.
She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system.
She has had 10 rounds of chemotherapy and still needs back surgery, but Miller has been declared cancer-free and is slowly recovering.
"It's frustrating. It's very frustrating," she said.
Miller chronicles her experience on Lifetime’s "Dance Moms Resurrection" and wants to put her time in federal prison behind her.
"Do you have a sense of, I know I did something wrong?" Moret asked.
"Yes," Miller responded. "Yes."
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