Abby Lee Miller appeared in court on Monday to face a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud last June.
Dressed in all black and in full hair and makeup, the former Dance Moms star entered the courtroom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and admitted to ET that she was feeling "nervous." Miller's sentencing hearing will continue on Tuesday, and she will have to again appear before the court.
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An eyewitness at the sentencing tells ET that upon entering the courtroom, Miller's nerves seemed to get the best of her as she appeared to have tears in her eyes. The eyewitness notes that as the hearing continued, Miller seemed to relax a bit and appeared alert, whispering to her lawyers at various points.
A few of Miller's friends were seated in the last row of the courtroom and two of the women went up to greet her and show their support. "Thank you, I love you," Miller was heard telling one of the women. When the court broke for lunch, Miller opted to say in the building but tried to pay for her friends' meals, though they declined the offer.
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The 50-year-old dance instructor was wearing loose-fitting clothing at the hearing and did not appear to have lost a dramatic amount of weight, despite recently undergoing gastric bypass surgery, a procedure that reduced her stomach by 80 percent.
ET spoke exclusively with Miller following the procedure. "I think this is a good thing, and hopefully I'll be in the best shape of my life," she said of deciding to get the surgery ahead of her court date. "That's what I'm looking for."
Reporting by Darla Murray.