EntertainmentLori Loughlin and Her Husband Are 'Finding Out Who Their Real Friends Are' Amid Scandal: Source
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Several NCAA D-1 college coaches have also been charged in the scandal. Documents show those indicted allegedly paid millions in bribes to get their children into elite colleges. Those colleges include Yale, Stanford and the University of Southern California. Loughlin and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 to USC in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the college's crew team — even though they did not participate in crew — thereby guaranteeing their admission in the college, according to documents. The FBI and U.S.
A source tells PEOPLE that some of the pair’s friends have been distancing themselves from the couple in light of the news, which broke on Tuesday.
“Lori and Mossimo are finding out quickly who their real friends are,” the insider says. “It’s not like they are the victims of a crime. They are the crime.”
“Many of their friends don’t want to be associated with them right now,” the source continues. “Their friends are shocked at the allegations.”
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The aftermath of the college admissions scandal hit Lori Loughlin like a ton of bricks. Everything We Know About the College Admissions Scandal “This is Lori’s worst nightmare — not only for her, but for her children and extended family,” a Loughlin source says exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. The Fuller House star, 54, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were among the 50 people who were indicted on March 12 for their alleged involvement in the scandal.
The insider went on to explain that Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, “always wanted the best” for daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20 — and often put pressure on their kids to succeed at school despite the fact that the girls did not appear to have an interest in academics.
“Olivia and Isabella’s personalities were always very different from their parents. They are average students. They have never been obsessed with school and didn’t seem to care that much,” the source says. “They attended school because their parents made them. Their focus was never about getting straight As. It was always clear that it was the parents that pushed them to go to school. Olivia always talks about her vlog. This is her passion. She never really understood why she needs to go to school.” (Neither of the daughters have been charged in connection with the scheme, and it is not known whether they were even aware of it.)
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Life as Olivia Jade Giannulli knows it may never be the same. Stars Still Reeling Over College Admissions Scandal As first revealed on Us Weekly’s “Hot Hollywood” podcast, the 19-year-old YouTuber is “in a strange place” after losing several brand deals because her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, were indicted for their alleged roles in the college admissions scam. “She doesn’t know what to do next,” a source tells Us. “It’s now hard to make money and she receives hate if she even puts herself out there.” Olivia made her income through sponsored posts and videos thanks to her 1.9 million YouTube subscribers and 1.4 million Instagram followers.
Despite their disinterest, Loughlin and Giannulli would still champion the girls’ triumphs among their friend circles.
“They love to talk about how amazing their daughters are,” the source says of Loughlin and Giannulli. “They are very competitive parents and they like to show off.”
A second source tells PEOPLE that in the wake of the scandal, those who know Loughlin are also saddened to learn of her alleged involvement in the crime.
“Lori has always been a no nonsense, seemingly together woman who knows what she wants and goes for it with zest. She exudes both confidence and folksy charm at the same time,” the second source says.
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Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli Spotted Out for First Time Since College Scam Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were spotted out for the first time since they were indicted and arrested for their alleged involvement in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal. The couple was photographed in Orange County, California, together on Friday. Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, appeared tense as they sat and talked outside.
“This issue is shocking and greatly saddens many people,” says the second source. “I’ve heard she is devastated, and the whole family wants to hide from the world.”
The second source adds that Loughlin and her family focus on both beauty and career. “People have sort of been in awe of how Lori has been able to do it all and articulate it so well,” the second source continues.
Says the second source, “When you talked about Lori, it was like ‘wow, the amazing Lori.’ It is hard to get a grasp on what has happened.”
Loughlin and Giannulli were both arrested this week — she on Wednesday and he on Tuesday — on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Documents allege that the couple “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
Both were released on $1 million bonds. Loughlin is permitted to travel to British Columbia, where she has filming projects in Vancouver, but must surrender her passport in December, according to the O.C. Register. In addition to her travel restrictions, the judge also specified on Wednesday that Loughlin will be allowed to speak to her two daughters and husband about the charges, but to no one else connected with the case, Variety reported.
Lori Loughlin, Daughters Were 'Best Friends' Before College Admissions Scam
A trying time. Lori Loughlin’s relationship with her daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli, is strained after her alleged involvement in a nationwide college admissions scam, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. Everything We Know About the College Admissions Scam “Lori and her daughters were so close, like three best friends more than a traditional mother-daughter situation,” the insider explains. “Lori always seemed perfect. She is humble, gracious and kind and her daughters are also so sweet, friendly and well-mannered. It’s clear Lori raised them well.
An attorney for Loughlin did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. A representative for Loughlin had no comment.
The pair accounts for two of 50 people indicted as part of the alleged nationwide scheme, which broke on Tuesday when federal court records were unsealed in Boston. Other notable names include Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and author Jane Buckingham.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, the widespread effort was made by wealthy families to get their children into top colleges by falsifying SAT scores, lying about their athletic skills, and more. It’s unclear if the children were aware of any of these alleged crimes.
Some named in the court documents allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, UCLA, the University of San Diego, University of Texas and Wake Forest, according to federal prosecutors.
In addition to parents and exam administrators, athletic coaches are also implicated in the scheme.
Admissions to the schools mentioned in the complaint are extremely competitive: For first-time, full-time undergraduates, only five percent of applicants get into Stanford, seven percent get into Yale, 17 percent get into Georgetown, 18 percent get into the University of Southern California and 29 percent get into Wake Forest, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
- With reporting by LINDA MARX
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Could Face 20 Years in Prison for Scandal.
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman appeared in front of a federal judge in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, regarding their alleged roles in the nationwide college admissions scandal. Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli: A Timeline of Their Relationship The judge told all defendants — including Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli — that they face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, three years probation and a $250,000 fine. All 13 defendants, including the actresses and the fashion designer, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud on Wednesday.
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