Julie Chrisley has said she doesn’t want to let hate “consume” her amid her legal struggles. Julie and her husband Todd Chrisley were found guilty in their federal tax evasion case over the summer and sentenced last week.
“I have no hatred in my heart for anyone,” the ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ star said in an episode of her daughter Savannah’s ‘Unlocked’ podcast, which was recorded ahead of sentencing and aired Tuesday.
Todd and Julie were sentenced to 12 and 7 years in prison respectively and will both spend 16 months on probation after their release.
“I think about the situation we’re facing right now, and I think I’ve never been out here and I haven’t hurt anyone,” Julie explained. “I’ve never been out here and intentionally tried to do something I wasn’t supposed to, and look where I stand right now.”
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She continued, “If I can’t help you, I don’t want to hurt you. For example, if you do something to me, I want God to bless you and move you forward. If you’re not meant to be a part of my life, be blessed and move on.”
She said she didn’t want to hold on to “anger, bitterness and resentment”. “Can I?” she reflected. ” Absolutely. But it won’t get me anywhere.
She also said she thinks some people like to see others get up “just to watch them fall.”
Julie then quoted her husband who previously said on a podcast, “God will break you just so he can bless you”, which she said was a belief she clung to.
She said people she knows who are in her corner, she “wouldn’t take that for granted for anything.”
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Savannah, 25, however said she saw her mum struggling as some of her friends failed to reach her amid the legal drama, and especially in relation to her husband whose ‘circle is very small’ because “he always said he had what he needed in all of us.”
“I’ve seen you struggle with some people who haven’t reached out to you – people you’ve known for years, either since you were a kid or for 20 years, whatever. Don’t reach out is pretty s—y,” she told her mother.
Julie guessed that people might not know what to say to her or felt uncomfortable.
“I don’t know what. I don’t know why,” she said. “I’m just the kind of person where if I’m your friend, I’m your friend. I’m your friend whether we have $2 combined or we have millions, whether things go well or our worlds fall apart. crumble, if our kids are awesome or if they’ve wandered off. It’s just who I am.
Some of her friends might fear “tarnishing” their reputations, she suggested. “Well look, it’s your fault because I know what I did. More importantly, I know what I didn’t do.”
Savannah also expressed frustration with the US justice system, saying it fails people.
“Why do we keep letting people down? … It tears families apart,” Savannah told her mother. “Look at everything we’re going through. How is that fair? It’s not when you have rapists and murderers and traffickers and all these people here but yet, what? They just get a slap on the wrist.”
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She said she thinks her parents were punished harder because they’re in the public eye “and someone wants to prove a point. And that’s honestly sad. At this point, I have l “feel like, for me, I’ve become a little numb to but that numbness has turned into anger, where now it’s like I’m not giving up. There’s no other option,” Savannah said.
Her brother Chase, 26, also shared a post on his Instagram Story on Monday about how to make the most of your time with people, according to People magazine.
The story was about a recent widower who advised his married friend to “make the chili” after the friend said his wife wanted him to make the homemade dish, but he didn’t feel like it.
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“It took me a few minutes to realize we weren’t talking about dinner anymore,” the post said. “It was about going out of your way to do something for someone you love because at any moment they could be unexpectedly taken away from you.”
The couple’s attorney, Alex Little of Burr & Forman LLP, told Fox News Digital after the sentencing that Todd and Julie remained “optimistic” as they appealed.
“Yesterday was a tough day for the Chrisley family. But Todd and Julie are people of faith, and that faith gives them strength as they appeal their beliefs,” Little said. “Their trial was marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about the taxes the couple paid. Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the way forward.”
Todd and Julie Chrisley’s jail report date is set for January 15, 2023, according to FOX 5.
Todd Chrisley was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Julie Chrisley was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the United States. She was also charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice.