AceShowbiz - Todd Chrisley might be desperate to save his name. The disgraced reality TV star, who's sentenced to 12 years behind bars and 16 months of probation in bank fraud and tax evasion case, has been accused of forcing his former daughter-in-law Alexus Whilby to lie under oath just "to save his skin."
Speaking to Daily Mail, Alexus claimed that Todd once pressured her to tell lies to the court. "During the time when [Kyle Chrisley] and I were still married, Todd had his attorneys come to my place of business, to my home, and threaten legal action, trying to pressure me to sign this legal document saying I was not an official informant, all in a bid to find out if I was," Alexus told the outlet.
"He was trying to put me in the light of being the one who had done the damage [to him and Julie Chrisley]. He was trying to smoke me out and then have me change everything around. Lie for him," Alexus continued. "That's what it was about, that's what he wanted us to do."
Alexus further noted that she ignored Todd's request. "I could see how that pressure could make you fold, but I stood on, 'No, I'm not going to do it.' I stood up for what was right, and he came for me big time," she shared.
Alexus was married to Kyle, Chrisley's oldest son from his first marriage, for six years and enmeshed in the family for much longer. Reacting to her former father-in-law's prison sentence, she admitted that she feels nothing but relief.
"I always knew that justice would one day prevail after years of being silent," Alexus confessed. "Finally, through the legal system, and a very long time coming, 12 jurors were able to uncover the real Todd Chrisley, the one I have encountered for years."
Alexus added, "There were a lot of victims that they silenced [over the years] and even the prosecution noted when [Todd and Julie] used the tactic of trying to bring in family members to corroborate their stories and risk perjury, the word perjury was actually used by the prosecution."
Todd, along with his wife Julie, was sentenced to multiple years in prison on Monday, November 21. Judge Eleanor Ross sentenced Todd to 12 years in prison, while Julie was sentenced to 7 years. The couple will reportedly have to serve 16 months of probation.
The sentencing also hugely affected their TV shows. It's reported that "Chrisley Knows Best" and its spin-off "Growing Up Chrisley" were all canceled. The family also lost their third TV show, "Love Limo".
Following the sentencing, Todd, Chrisley and their family are reportedly "inconsolable." It's said that the "entire family was in complete shock, and they still are." An insider told HollywoodLife.com earlier this week," When they first learned the sentence, they were all hysterical and there was lots of crying from everyone. No one could believe that this was the outcome."