- Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, plan to argue that they didn’t know about the scam to get their daughters into the University of Southern California, according to TMZ.
- The problem? The kids got in through a program for USC’s crew team, and neither actually rowed crew.
- Despite that, Loughlin and Giannulli provided photos of the daughters posing with a rowing machine as part of their college applications.
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Lori Loughlin and her husband have pleaded not guilty to charges related to the college-admissions scandal, in which prosecutors say they paid the scam’s ringleader, Rick Singer, $US500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California.
Their defence? According to TMZ, Loughlin and her husband, the designer Mossimo Giannulli, plan to argue that they had no idea how Singer’s scheme worked, only that he was good at getting people into colleges, and that they didn’t know he cheated to do that.
The argument may be hard for a jury to swallow.
Singer got the daughters, Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade, into USC through a special program for the school’s crew team. The two do not actually row crew.
Prosecutors say the parents provided photos of the kids posing in front of an indoor rowing machine to sell the story. An affidavit said that in a wiretapped phone call between Singer and Loughlin, Singer explicitly said he would help “the girls get into USC to do … crew even though they didn’t do crew.”
Loughlin and Giannulli now face up to 40 years in prison if they’re convicted of all charges. The couple reportedly rejected a plea deal that would have given them each at least two years in prison and have lost work in the fallout over the scandal.
A source told People magazine earlier this month that Loughlin believed she didn’t do anything illegal to get her children into USC and “hadn’t done anything that any mum wouldn’t have done.”
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