TV personality Todd Chrisley and his wife Julie Chrisley find themselves in a world of legal troubles and their future doesn’t look too promising. The Chrisley Knows Best stars have been a fixture on USA Network since their show premiered in 2014. However, the reality show family is in the middle of a messy legal battle as the couple were recently found guilty of bank fraud and federal tax evasion, per TMZ. Federal prosecutors said the famous duo “swindled” $30 million over five years from various Georgia financial institutions, according to the Atlanta Journal constitution. The outlet reports that the pair face a maximum of 30 years in prison after being found guilty.
Since their conviction, the Chrisleys have overhauled their legal team as they prepare to fight the court verdict, according to Radar. However, some fans may be wondering what will happen to Todd’s many business ventures if he is actually sentenced to prison. From their hit show to their brand partnerships, the Chrisleys have plenty of options hanging in the balance – and one expert exclusively tells us the future of their business empire is bleak.
Todd Chrisley could potentially lose a lot
Former US Attorney Neama Rahmani has weighed in on Todd and Julie Chrisley’s ongoing legal battle with Nicki Swift, hinting the reality stars will undoubtedly have a rough time. “The Chrisleys are going to federal prison. It’s not a question of ‘if,’ it’s a question of ‘how long,'” said Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Lawyers in Los Angeles. He adds, “Many networking and sponsorship deals contain provisions that allow the companies to terminate the deals for cause if the actor or actress is convicted of a criminal offense.”
Rahmani goes on to explain that even if the US network decides to keep Chrisley’s contract, her jail stints would prevent her from physically filming the show. However, the network appears to be backing the reality show family at least until Season 9 of Chrisley Knows Best. According to Deadline, the network was committed to airing the already filmed season of the show, but hasn’t yet announced any plans to continue working with the family.
“The Chrisleys will be able to communicate with the outside world and theoretically continue to post on social media while inside,” Rahmani explained, “but they won’t be able to photograph or film themselves while in prison, so how valuable.” are contents without their similarity? Not very valuable.”