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Julie Chrisley, convicted of bank fraud and tax evasion, says she never ‘intentionally tried to do anything’ wrong

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Julie Chrisley says the legal issues her family is facing has “taken a very big toll” on her.

The “Chrisley Knows Best” star and her husband, Todd Chrisley, were recently sentenced to a combined 19 years of prison for bank fraud and tax evasion.

“I think people love to build people up and they love to see people rise, just to watch them fall,” the Chrisley matriarch said in the Nov. 29 podcast episode of “Unlocked with Savannah Chrisley.”

The conversation between Julie and her daughter, Savannah, was recorded “right before the family faced one of their hardest days yet,” per the show’s description.

The mother-daughter duo began by talking about their recent family issues, including Todd and Julie Chrisley’s 16-year-old son Grayson’s car crash, which left him hospitalized.

Savannah, Todd, Julie, Chase and Lindsie at the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 1, 2016 in California. Jason Kempin / Getty Images

“With all the legal stuff y’all got going on, Grayson said, ‘This was the last thing that everyone needed,’” Savannah first said. “And I told him, and dad was like, ‘Grayson, you’re alive. You’re safe. Who cares?’”

Grayson’s accident came over a week before Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while Julie Chrisley received a seven-year sentence. However, in the podcast taped before the sentencing Julie Chrisley said she never “intentionally tried to do anything” that she wasn’t supposed to.

“I think about the situation that we’re dealing with right now, and I’m thinking about (how) I’ve never gone out here and hurt a soul,” Julie Chrisley said. “I have never gone out here and intentionally tried to do anything that I wasn’t supposed to do and look where I’m standing right now.”

“Like, how’s that?” she added. “I have to believe that God — and your dad said this in our podcast — I believe his exact words were, ‘God will break you down just so he can bless you.’ And I have to believe that that’s what’s happening because if not, it just makes me so, like, why?”

“Why do I keep doing this? Why does this keep happening? Why did things keep happening?” Julie Chrisley said, before reflecting. “What makes us any better to deal with adversity, to deal with problems, to deal with issues than the family next door or the family down the street or the family in his different zip code? It doesn’t and we have had so many blessings come our way.”

In a press release, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan said that Todd and Julie Chrisley conspired to defraud community banks in the Atlanta area to obtain more than $36 million in personal loans. The reality stars, with the help of their former business partners, submitted false bank statements, audit reports and personal financial statements to Georgia community banks to obtain the loans.

Their accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also sentenced to three years in prison.

The couple was first found guilty of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to defraud the United States by a federal jury in Atlanta in June of 2022.

Julie Chrisley shared how amid their legal troubles they have gotten a lot of support from people who call into her and her husband’s podcast, “Chrisley Confessions,” She explained that the people who are in her corner “are praying for me every day… I wouldn’t take that for granted for anything.”

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“I know what I’ve done. More importantly, I know what I haven’t done,” she said.Paul Archuleta / Getty Images

However, Savannah, recalled her mom “literally having a mental breakdown” and struggling with certain people who haven’t reached out to her amid her circumstances.

While Savannah called it “pretty s—y” that those who she believed were close to her mom hadn’t supported her family, Julie Chrisley noted that perhaps people don’t know what to say or feel awkward about discussing the topic.

But, she also said, “They feel maybe that by reaching out to me they could tarnish themselves or make themselves look bad?”

“Well, listen, that’s on you. Because I know what I’ve done. More importantly, I know what I haven’t done,” Julie Chrisley said.

Amid her parents’ trial, Savannah previously said she was ready to take custody of Grayson and 10-year-old niece Chloe.

“I know that the short-term is going to be really painful and really difficult and I may come home without both of my parents,” she said in a separate podcast episode, contemplating celebrating Thanksgiving without her parents.

“I come home Tuesday and I have custody of a 16-year-old and a 10-year-old, and we spend our first Thanksgiving not as a family. I’ve never been away from my family for holidays,” she said.

Following their sentencing, the “Chrisley Knows Best” stars’ family attorney Alex Little and Todd Chrisley’s attorney, Bruce Morris, told NBC News that the couple is planning to appeal.

“Yesterday was a difficult day for the Chrisley family. But Todd and Julie are people of faith, and that faith gives them strength as they appeal their convictions,” Little said on Nov. 22. “Their trial was marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about what taxes the couple paid. Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the road ahead.”

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‘Young and the Restless’ Star Tracey E. Bregman Given Replacement Emmy After Hers Was Lost in a Wildfire

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Tracey E. Bregman has her Emmy Award back! On a recent episode of The Talk, the 59-year-old The Young and the Restless star was surprised with a replacement Emmy after hers was destroyed during the Woolsey fire in 2018.

Bregman won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series back in 1985, for her role of Lauren Fenmore on the CBS soap opera. Bregman’s onscreen husband, Christian LeBlanc, surprised her on the talk show when he walked out carrying a black box.

“Are you kidding?” Bregman questioned, as LeBlanc made his way over to her. “Oh my gosh!”

“I would like to present this, an Emmy for Outstanding Ingenue of a Daytime Drama Series, but this time, it’s from the people that love and respect you and cherish you, your CBS, your Young and the Restless family,” he told her. “I am so honored to be able to give you this.”

Bregman seemed stunned by the gesture, stating, “Oh my gosh. I can’t thank you enough. Oh my God. I’m so overwhelmed.”

Afterward, in a statement to Deadline, Bregman thanked the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for making the special moment possible.

“It has been one of the most extraordinary and heartfelt experiences of my career,” she said of receiving a replacement statuette. “I tried not to go into the ugly cry on the air. Thanks to my Young and Restless family, NATAS, The Talk and everyone who made this moment happen. My heart is so full.”

Adam Sharp, the President and CEO of NATAS, was thrilled to facilitate the happy moment.

“We were devastated to learn of the destruction of Tracey’s home, and with it, her well-earned Emmy Award,” he told the outlet. “As our judges acknowledged, the Emmy statuette is a symbol of her hard work and outstanding dedication to her craft. We are happy it’s back home where it belongs.”

 

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Alexander Skarsgård Explained Why The Orgy Scenes In “Infinity Pool” Were “Very Fun” To Film

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Infinity Pool: Alexander Skarsgard On Toe Sucking Orgy Scenes

I recently spoke to the beloved actor about his latest R-rated horror movie, which is getting major buzz due to its gore and graphic sex scenes.

ICYMI: Infinity Pool is a sci-fi horror film about a couple (played by Skarsgård and Cleopatra Coleman) who find themselves involved in an underground human cloning operation following an accidental tragedy while on vacation.

Reflecting on the “orgy sequences” in the film, Alex revealed those scenes were “very technical” to shoot. “It’s not quite the same experience watching it as it was shooting it,” he said.

“We talked about it with [director Brandon Cronenberg] and Karim Hussain, who is the cinematographer, about how it was going to be shot, what was going to be the vibe of the scene, and how Brandon envisioned that sequence to show. Once we got into it, it doesn’t sound very fun because it’s like, ‘Oh, just another day at the office.'”

“I love that sequence and the way it ties in the music,” he continued. “It’s so evocative…but it was incredibly technical shooting it because Brandon and Karim work a lot with different lights and different effects that they want to do in-camera.”

Although there was an intimacy coordinator on set, Alex recalled filming being “very fun and very playful.” “[It was] quite endearing to watch Karim and Brandon behind the camera like two little boys playing with Lego, to be so excited about all their gadgets that they were trying out.”

The True Blood actor, who has appeared nude in multiple roles throughout his career and previously said “the crazier [the sex scenes], the better,” agrees that Infinity Pool features the wildest sex scenes he’s ever been a part of — on camera.

“Yeah, I think so,” he said before pausing. “The fact I even have to think about that. … [Laughs] I don’t think I’ve had my toes sucked by another man before, on screen.”

“That wasn’t the craziest thing we did in the movie,” he clarified. “But yeah, it’s some pretty graphic stuff, to say the least. Yeah.”

Welp, there you have it, folks. Check out our full interview with Alex and Mia Goth here. Also, be sure to catch Infinity Pool in theaters now!

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Priscilla Presley challenges Lisa Marie trust amendment that names Riley Keough co-trustee

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Priscilla Presley is asking a judge to declare that a “purported” 2016 amendment to her late daughter’s trust naming Riley Keough as a co-trustee is invalid, according to legal documents obtained by NBC News.

The documents, filed on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seek confirmation that Priscilla Presley will maintain control of Lisa Marie Presley’s trust in the wake of her death on Jan. 12 at age 54 after experiencing cardiac arrest.

Lisa Marie Presley, the sole heir to her father Elvis Presley, executed a living trust in 1993, a legal mechanism for protecting one’s assets and determining how they will be distributed after they die, according to the American Bar Association. According to the court filing, the trust was “completely restated” on Jan. 27, 2010, and appointed Priscilla Presley and her former business manager, Barry Siegel, as co-trustees.

But after the death of her daughter, Priscilla Presley found a document dated March 11, 2016, “pertaining to be an amendment” to the trust, according to the court document. The “purported” amendment removed both Lisa Marie Presley’s mother and manager as successor co-trustees and replaced them with her daughter Riley Keough and her son, Benjamin Keough.

Benjamin Keough died in 2020 at age 27, leaving Riley Keough, 33, as the only trustee of her mother’s trust, according to the amendment.

In 2018, Lisa Marie Presley had sued her former manager Siegel accusing him of mismanaging her finances, according to Reuters. By 2016, the trust was left with more than $500,000 in credit card debt and $14,000 in cash, per Lisa Marie Presley’s lawsuit. Siegel filed his own suit accusing her of squandering her inheritance.

According to the January filing, “there are many issues surrounding the authenticity and validity of the purported 2016 amendment.” The alleged issues include that the amendment misspells Priscilla Presley’s name, the amendment was never delivered to Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley’s signature on the amendment “appears inconsistent with her usual and customary signature,” the court document states.

Priscilla Presley’s filing seeks for the 2016 amendment to be declared invalid, meaning she would remains a trustee over her granddaughter.

Priscilla Presley reads a poem written by one of her granddaughter during a memorial service for Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.John Amis / AP

Lisa Marie Presley’s death was honored on Jan. 22 in a public memorial service on the front lawn of Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley.

A spokesman for the Memphis, Tennessee, estate previously confirmed to TODAY that Lisa Marie Presley’s three surviving children, Riley Keough and twins Harper and Finley Lockwood, would inherit Graceland.

At the service, Priscilla Presley shared a tribute from one of her granddaughters that said, “mama was my icon, my role model, my superhero, in much more ways than one.”

Riley Keough’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, shared a letter that she wrote, thanking her mom for being “the best mother for me.”

Lisa Marie Presley was laid to rest in the Meditation Garden at Graceland next to her son.

On Jan. 27, Priscilla Presley thanked fans on Twitter for their love and support in her grief.

“Every parent who has lost a daughter or son knows what a dark painstaking journey it is,” she wrote.

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