Chrisley children defend their parents post-sentencing

After a Georgia federal judge on Monday sentenced reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley to prison for tax evasion and bank fraud, their children are urging the public “not to judge.”

Kyle Chrisley, son of Todd Chrisley and his ex-wife Teresa Terry, posted Bible verses to his Instagram Stories on Tuesday. In the passages from the New Testament book of Matthew, Jesus warns his disciples: “Judge not, or you also will be judged.”

“For as you judge others, so will you be judged, and the measure you apply will be measured against you,” says the rest of the verse. “Why do you look at the sawdust in your brother’s eye and not at the log in your own eye?”

Minutes after Monday’s sentencing, Kyle’s sister, Savannah Chrisley, shared her own cryptic defense on Instagram: a screenshot of a tweet by Pastor Kimberly Jones-Pothier alluding to the story of Noah and the Ark.

“Noah continued to build the ark to declare himself to all who doubted and hated him.” the quote said. “Keep building your ark. The rain will speak for itself.”

Todd Chrisley received a 12-year sentence and 16 months probation, while his wife Julie Chrisley was sentenced to seven years in prison and 16 months probation, authorities said.

A man and a woman sit close together on a couch

Julie and Todd Chrisley in a scene from Chrisley Knows Best.

(Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

The couple, who rose to fame on the hit USA Network show Chrisley Knows Best, were charged in 2019 with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax fraud. Julie Chrisley was also charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice. They were found guilty of the charges in June.

Kyle Chrisley’s defense followed estrangement from family. He was also a star on “Chrisley Knows Best” but left after the first season to address his drug addiction. Todd and Julie Chrisley had custody of his 10-year-old daughter Chloe.

Following the sentencing, Savannah Chrisley revealed on a podcast episode that she now has custody of the child as well as the youngest Chrisley, 16-year-old Grayson. Grayson Chrisley was hospitalized over the weekend with a head injury after driving his truck into a line of cars stuck in traffic on a Nashville freeway, police told the Times.

“Maybe I’ll come home without both of my parents,” Savannah Chrisley said on the latest episode of Chrisley Knows Best, which was taped ahead of the sentencing and released late Monday. “This is my new normal. I come home on Tuesday and have custody of the 16-year-old and 10-year-old, and we’re not spending our first Thanksgiving as a family.”

She went on to ask listeners for “mercy” and understanding, and to stop “negative” and “hateful” comments on social media.

Prosecutors claimed the Chrisleys presented banks with forged documents when they applied for loans to fund their expensive lifestyle. They said Julie Chrisley also submitted a false credit report and fake bank statements when trying to rent a home in California, and that the couple refused to pay rent a few months after using the home.

Along with their accountant, Peter Tarantino, who was also convicted Monday for his role in the situation, the couple plotted to defraud the IRS to avoid paying taxes, prosecutors said. The Chrisleys failed to file or pay taxes from 2013 to 2016, although their fortune was amassed while starring on their reality TV show, which debuted in 2014.

“As this conviction proves, the judiciary is blind to your fame, wealth and position when you lie, cheat and steal,” FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Keri Farley said in a statement following Monday’s conviction.

Some users on social media reacted to the conviction with comparisons to former President Trump, whose companies are facing tax fraud allegations in a New York lawsuit.

After years of hiding his tax records, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied President Trump’s request to protect his tax returns from being handed over to Congress, which is trying to oversee his financial dealings.

“Wait, we can jail Todd and Julie Chrisley for fraud and tax evasion, but we still haven’t jailed Trump for, I don’t know, fraud and tax evasion, or maybe for attempted coup or stealing classified documents or obstruction of justice … and the list goes on.” tweeted Mike Singtona former executive at NBCUniversal.

“Chrisley Knows Best” was originally set in Georgia, where Todd Chrisley built his fortune through real estate development before moving to Nashville for the show’s fourth season. After nine seasons, USA Network canceled the show but still planned to air Season 10 episodes, which were filmed ahead of the next year’s trial, Deadline reported.

Savannah Chrisley’s spinoff show Growing up Chrisley was also reportedly picked up by E! News.

Both television networks are under NBCUniversal, which has not yet officially commented on the fate of the Chrisley family shows.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-11-22/chrisley-children-defend-parents-prison-sentences Chrisley children defend their parents post-sentencing

Sarah Ridley

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