Lori Loughlin gushed about sending her daughter off to USC two years before being indicted as part of a $25 million admissions scandal

‘TODAY’ showLori Loughlin and her daughter Isabella.
  • Lori Loughlin and her oldest daughter, Isabella, spoke about college on the “TODAY” show two years ago.
  • Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were indicted on Tuesday as part of a $US25 million college admissions scheme.
  • They are accused of using bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California by posing as athletic recruits.

Two years before being indicted as part of a $US25 million college admissions scheme, actress Lori Loughlin gushed about sending her oldest daughter to college on the “TODAY” show.

“I think I’m in complete denial, I really am because when I think about it too much it will make me cry so I gotta stop,” Loughlin told Hoda Kotb as her oldest daughter, Isabella, sat beside her in the 2017 interview. “My husband keeps saying, ‘Lori you’re not gonna see her so just be prepared.'”

“TODAY” posted the clip of the interview on its website hours after Loughlin was indicted along with 50 others in the college admissions scandal.

Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of using bribes and the help of The Key founder William Singer to get their daughters accepted into the University of Southern California.

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Court documents said that Giannulli told Singer – the alleged ringleader of the scheme – that Isabella’s academic qualifications were at the “low end” of USC admission standards.

Prosecutors said in court documents that Giannulli and Loughlin agreed to use bribes to facilitate Isabella’s admission as a recruited crew coxswain, despite Isabella never participating in the sport.

Court documents said Giannulli even sent Singer a photo of Isabella on a rowing machine to get her recruited.

Giannulli and Loughlin then repeated the same scheme – including having her take photos on a rowing machine – for their younger daughter, Olivia, court documents alleged.

The parents were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud on Tuesday.

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