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Amid Legal Woes, Todd Chrisley's Formerly Estranged Son Addresses "Lies" He Shared About Dad's Taxes
The Chrisley Knows Best saga continues as Todd and Julie Christie maintain their innocence after being indicted for tax evasion.
There is yet another twist in the Todd Chrisley saga, that, so far, includes the reality TV dad and his wife, Julie, being indicted for tax evasion and other financial crimes, alleged tax issues for his son Chase, and an alleged extortion case involving one of his daughters, a sex tape, and two guys from Bachelor Nation.
Well, now his son Kyle (from a previous relationship with Teresa Terry, who has also faced legal matters of his own as well as addiction issues in the past), is speaking out. Once estranged from the Chrisley Knows Best dad, he confirmed on Facebook that he and his father have made up and that comments he made about his father's taxes in the past were untrue, claiming he made them while battling his addiction issues.
“I’ve seen all the stories about my dad’s indictment all over the internet. I know the interview I did bashing my dad OVER A YEAR AGO is being shared on social media. Honestly, I’m tired of it. You guys don’t have the facts and I need to set the record straight once and for all. Everything I said in my interview was a lie,” the 27-year-old wrote on Facebook. He's referencing an interview with Good Morning America from 2017, in which he said his dad bragged about not having to pay taxes, PEOPLE reports. “These allegations against my dad are all LIES!”
He continued, “I can’t take it back so I’m telling you now, with a clear mind, my mom and dad have done nothing wrong! Today, I am sober. I am working, and I am at a good place in my life. I just want to fix what I’ve done wrong so that I am able to forgive myself. I will continue to stand as a united front alongside my mom, my dad, and the rest of my family. My hope is that my sister Lindsie will seek the same forgiveness from my daddy as I have, that he is able to forgive her, and that my family will one day be whole again.”
In addition to confirming he is now sober, he also shared that he and his father have mended their relationship, even referring to Julie as his "mom."
“My mom [Julie] and dad raised me,” he wrote. “I haven’t been the best dad to Chloe [whom his parents are now raising], I’ve had a problem with drugs, I’ve acted completely ridiculous and through all that they have stood by my side. 9 months ago I went to my dad with an apology. His words were ‘I love you always, and you are forgiven’ and just like that I was welcomed back into his life with open arms. I will be forever grateful for his love [and] graciousness.”
While his sister Lindsie has denied having played any part in alerting the authorities to her father's alleged crimes, Kyle says otherwise in his post.
“About a year and a half ago my biological mom and my sister, Lindsie were responsible for turning my dad in to the Georgia Department of Revenue for Tax evasion,” Kyle said, noting that his “rocky” relationship with Todd at the time was “used to their advantage... I was battling drug addiction and I felt like he [was] trying to control me so when they said if he’s locked up he can’t put you back in treatment I said okay. I should have said NO!”
Todd and Julie were indicted this week along with their former accountant, Peter Tarantino. They have denied the claims: “The allegations contained in the indictment are based on complete falsehoods. The Chrisleys are innocent of all charges," Todd’s attorneys, Bruce H. Morris and Stephen Friedberg, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE earlier this week.