Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty to All Charges in College Admissions Case

Brenda Watkins
April 15, 2019

According to the documents filed Monday, Loughlin and Giannulli said they waived their right to appear in Boston federal court for their arraignment.

The UTA-repped Loughlin and Giannulli were part of a yearlong investigation that also snared American Crime star Huffman and more than 30 other parents. Prosecutors say she and Giannulli paid $500,000 to a fake charity to get their two daughters accepted into the University of Southern California, falsely designating them as crew recruits.

The Fuller House actress' indictment in the college admissions scandal finally got the full SNL treatment this weekend.

Gather round, children, because I have an update on everyone's favorite college admissions scandal, aka "Operation Varsity Blues."

Loughlin's decision not to plead guilty in the case has already had significant legal repercussions.

On March 12, the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA announced that it had charged 50 people, including Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman, in the cheating scandal.

Coachella Off to Fiery Start With Mobile Shower Unit Catching Fire
Weekend one of the festival continues today and tomorrow, with acts like Ariana Grande , Kid Cudi, and Weezer set to perform. The live feed will resume Saturday at 4:15 p.m. with music from Weezer, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, Bassnectar and others.

"She is very concerned about what a guilty plea would do to her daughters, who may not have grasped everything that was going on."
Legal experts said this is part of the prosecution's "carrot and stick" approach meant to pressure defendants to plead guilty or face further charges.

Federal agents obtained emails from Loughlin and a recorded conversation in which Loughlin and Giannulli implicated themselves in the scam, according to the documents. Singer allegedly told the couple he would present their daughter as a crew coxswain for the L.A. Marina Club team and requested they send an "action picture".

They haven't publicly addressed the allegations against them.

Each of the charges Loughlin and Giannulli face call for up to 20 years in prison, although first-time offenders would get only a small fraction of that if convicted.

Loughlin's youngest daughter is social media influencer Olivia Jade, who started her freshman year at USC last fall. Loughlin was dropped by the Hallmark Channel and other brands in the wake of last month's charges, and Sephora also ended a makeup partnership with Olivia Jade.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER