Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade shares first tutorial since scandal: I'm 'easing back'
Olivia Jade Giannulli is officially putting the college admissions scandal behind her and returning to her life as a beauty influencer.Giannulli returned to YouTube with her first makeup tutorial since her parents, actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were charged nine months ago with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to cheat their daughters' way into college.
© Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe / Getty Images Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on April 3, 2019.
With two court appearances looming, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's legal defense team is getting ready to play hardball in the interest of keeping the famous couple out of prison.
The "Fuller House" star and her designer husband are accused of turning over $500,000 worth of bribe money so that college admissions "expert" Rick Singer could get their daughters into USC under false pretenses that they were crew recruits. Thanks to TMZ, however, some key elements of the defense's strategy have already been leaked.
How Lori Loughlin Plans to Spend Her Christmas Ahead of Upcoming Trial
A source tells ET that the actress is 'doing her best to put on a brave face.'A source tells ET that "while Lori and her family are looking forward to Christmas, it's very difficult to enjoy the season because of the upcoming trial. The outcome is looming over their family.
Last week, the website reported the defense could call USC's former head of athletics Pat Haden to the stand to have him talk about the university's directive that he raise a windfall of funds for the school, something he talked about in a video back in 2011.
That point would bolster the defense's reported overall approach, will TMZ claims will be to show Lori and Mossimo simply did what all wealthy parents do when their kids want to go to a certain school -- shell out big bucks in the form of charitable donations, which aren't bribes if they're going into university coffers, as the $50,000 check Mossimo gave former Senior Associate Athletic Director Donna Heinel was intended to do. The defense will argue that check was made out to USC and sent via advice from Rick, while the U.S. Attorney will try to show checks such as that one were bribes, according to TMZ's information.
Inside Lori Loughlin's Last-Minute Christmas Shopping in LA
A source recently told ET that Loughlin is trying to 'enjoy the comforts of home' this Christmas.Photos obtained by ET show the actress appearing to try to keep a low profile, wearing a fedora and sunglasses as she perused items. According to ET's source, Loughlin first stopped in at the Kitson Kids store, telling an employee she needed a baby gift for a friend. The actress was not recognized by customers, the source added.
Lori and Mossimo's pal Rick also had Mossimo write a $200,000 check out to Key Worldwide Foundation, one of Rick's nonprofits. Given the nature of the organization that accepted the money, the defense is expected to argue the charitable donation was just that -- not a bribe.
Finally, prosecutors have pointed to the $20,000 a month Pat Heinel received from Rick as proof the admissions specialist was bribing the athletics department honcho. But TMZ reports both of the couple's daughters, Olivia and Isabella Giannulli, were accepted before that money started flowing. The website adds that the cash was to be used "for various things Heinel did for several families," according to sources.© Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock Olivia Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Giannulli attend the Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening benefit at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2019.
It doesn't hurt that the judge handling the case previously ruled that if the alleged fraud was a crime, it was a victimless crime -- or that the defense team is being helmed by Sean M. Berkowitz, whose cv includes a stint as director of the Enron Task Force for the Department of Justice.
Lori Loughlin, other parents withholding information in college admissions scandal, feds say
Prosecutors say parents fighting charges in the nation's college admissions scandal, including Lori Loughlin, have not not turned over any discovery. The government turned over its first batch of 3 million pages of evidence — emails, phone logs, bank records and other documents — to defense attorneys in April and May. "The Defendants believe that it is premature to do so at this time," the new court filing reads. "The Government disagrees with the Defendants’ assertion that it is 'premature' to provide their own discovery.
Lastly, TMZ reports that while many of the other universities involved in the nationwide college admissions scandal have already made the results of investigations into what happened public, USC's investigation "is ongoing."© Donato Sardella / Getty Images for LACMA Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin attend LACMA's 50th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles on April 18, 2015.
In the meantime, Lori, who could face up to 45 years behind bars if she's convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering, mail and wire fraud and federal programs bribery charges, has reportedly hired a prison expert to help her prepare in the case of a serious sentence.
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Ryan Seacrest fell off a stool on live TV
Ryan Seacrest took a tumble on the Jan. 7 episode of "Live with Kelly and Ryan" when he attempted to catch a giant gold balloon as it fell from the ceiling. As he reached up to grab the balloon, he somehow lost his balance and toppled backwards in his chair, interrupting co-host Kelly Ripa in the middle of a sentence. She immediately jumped up to help her fallen colleague, who could be heard laughing from the floor. Aside from a little embarrassment, though, Ryan was just fine: He popped back up with the gold balloon in hand and proclaimed "I got it!" to cheers from the live studio audience.
New filing in college bribery case against Loughlin, husband
LOS ANGELES — A new prosecution filing in the college admissions cheating case targets defence claims by actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, who are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California in the guise of crew team members, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. Hundreds of pages of emails, transcripts of recorded calls and financial and academic records were filed Tuesday in response to claims that prosecutors withheld evidence favourable to the couple and the couple’s contention that they believed the money would go toward legitimate donations to USC.
Pat Sajak's daughter joins "Wheel of Fortune" as "special letter toucher" amid his health scare
Pat Sajak's 25-year-old daughter, Maggie, appeared on the Vanna White-hosted Jan. 6 episode of "Wheel of Fortune" as a "special letter toucher." Said the blonde beauty -- who first appeared on the show when she was just a year old -- of her father's recent health issues, "It was a scary experience -- I'm not gonna lie. But he's doing great, and I know he's so excited to be back next week." The episode was taped in early November when Pat took a leave of absence to undergo emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. While he was away, Vanna filled in to host three weeks' worth of the long-running game show. Although he's since returned to set, some of the episodes Vanna hosted are just now airing.
"Modern Family" series finale date set, "American Housewife" to inherit time slot
ABC announced on Jan. 8 that the final episode of "Modern Family" will air on April 8, bringing the Emmy-winning sitcom to an end after 11 seasons. Following its conclusion, "American Housewife," which is currently in the midst of its fourth season, will take over ABC's Wednesday night 9 o'clock time slot.
Savannah Guthrie returns to work one month after eye surgery and "challenging" recovery
Savannah Guthrie returned to the "Today" show on Jan. 7 -- nearly a month after undergoing eye surgery to prevent a retinal detachment. (She suffered a major eye injury in late November when son Charley accidentally hit her with a toy train.) "When I say 'Good to see you,' I really mean it," she opened the show. During a December interview with People magazine, Savannah described the recovery process, which required her to lay facedown for much of the day, as "uniquely challenging."
Lori Loughlin’s Daughters Will Be Called to Testify If She Doesn't Change Plea
Lori Loughlin’s Daughters Will Be Called to Testify If She Doesn't Change Plea“Lori has been told by the legal team that the United States Attorney’s Office will use her daughters as star witnesses in hopes of securing a conviction,” the source tells Us, noting that the 55-year-old actress’ daughters “had their world turned upside down when their parents were indicted.
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Alex Trebek on retirement question: "We'll see what happens"
At a Jan. 8 press conference during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Alex Trebek opened up about potentially retiring from "Jeopardy!" as he battles pancreatic cancer. "When you've been in the same job for that period of time and you're in advanced years, it behooves you to think about retiring," he said. "Thinking about retiring and retiring are two different things. … We'll see what happens. As long as I feel my skills have not diminished too much and as long as I'm enjoying spending time with [the contestants] and the writing staff, then I'll continue doing it." He went on to say that when he does choose to step down, it'll be on "a whim" with no advance warning: "I would tell [our executive producer] to give me 30 seconds at the end of the program to say goodbye because it's going to be the last show," he said. As for the current state of his health, "Some days are better than others," he said. "My resistance is lower than most of you because of the treatments I've been having -- chemotherapy. … [And] I have the cold that seems to be going around. ... This is the second time I've had it in the past month and a half. They got me off one of my chemo drugs, which was killing me." He then said it'll be another week before he gets the results from his most recent round of tests. "I have good days and bad days," he said.
"Ugly Betty" creator Silvio Horta found dead at 45
Silvio Horta, who created and executive produced "Ugly Betty," died in Miami, his agent confirmed to multiple media outlets. He was 45. Variety reports that according to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner, his body was found on Jan. 7 in the motel room where he took his own life. "Silvio had an ongoing struggle with addiction and depression, but through it all, he always found a way to turn his struggle into laughter," his mother and sister said in a joint statement.
Mercedes Colwin: Why Lori Loughlin took bad legal gamble in college admissions scandal
Fox News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin said on “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday that actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli took a bad legal gamble when they didn’t accept a plea deal like other parents who were implicated in the college admission scandal. Colwin said the couple, who initially was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, never anticipated that they would also face money laundering charges when they decided not to take a plea deal.
"The Conners" to deliver live, political episode during New Hampshire primary
ABC announced on Jan. 8 that "The Conners" will air a live episode on Feb. 11 -- the night of the New Hampshire Primary. The episode will feature ABC News coverage of the primary's real-time results and will be performed twice by the cast to air live on both coasts. Here's the official description from ABC: "The live episode will find Mark (Ames McNamara) watching the results of the primary for a school report with Harris (Emma Kenney), who is apathetic to the electoral process and believes money's influence in politics means real change is impossible. The rest of the Conners share their differing takes on why they all think everyone should vote, including their working-class perspective that you may have to vote for a candidate you don't love but one that will 'screw you the least.' All of this happens against the backdrop of romance when Louise (Katey Sagal) gets an opportunity that might send her away from Lanford, prompting the family to interfere in Dan's (John Goodman) complicated relationship with her by throwing Louise a surprise going-away party, creating major new tensions between Dan and his daughters."
Josie Totah cast as lead in Peacock reboot of "Saved by the Bell"
TheWrap reported on Jan. 6 that Josie Totah has been cast in a lead role on the Peacock reboot of "Saved by the Bell." The 18-year-old actress will reportedly star as "beautiful" and "sharp-tongued" cheerleader Lexi, "the most popular girl at Bayside High who is both admired and feared by her fellow students." She previously starred on "Glee" and "Champions." Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley are set to reprise their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano on the new series, and on Jan. 8, Mark-Paul Gosselaar confirmed that he too will be back as Zack Morris.
Lori Loughlin, husband's college admissions scandal trial targeted for October .
Prosecutors have asked that Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli be in the first group of parents tried in the nation's college admissions scandal.The government proposed the timeline in a memorandum filed Wednesday in Boston federal court.