- Lori Loughlin’s youngest daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, was on a yacht in the Bahamas when news broke that her parents had been indicted as part of a $US25 million college-admissions scandal.
- She was on a yacht belonging to Rick Caruso, chairman of the University of Southern California board of trustees, with his daughter.
- Caruso said Giannulli flew home upon learning about the investigation and her parents’ indictments.
- Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $US500,000 to get Olivia Jade Giannulli and their older daughter, Isabella Rose Giannulli, into USC.
The youngest daughter of actress Lori Loughlin was vacationing in the Bahamas on a University of Southern California trustee’s yacht when news broke that her parents had been indicted as part of a $US25 million college-admissions scandal.
Olivia Jade Giannulli, a USC freshman, was spending spring break with the daughter of Rick Caruso, chairman of the USC board of trustees, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were two of 50 people indicted in the cash-for-college scam, which prosecutors said involved parents paying up to $US6.5 million in bribes to get their children into elite colleges.
Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $US500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli, into USC.
Olivia Jade Giannulli, Caruso, and Caruso’s daughter were not accused of any wrongdoing in the case.
Caruso told TMZ that Giannulli returned home after learning of the indictments.
“My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government’s announcement yesterday,” Caruso said on Wednesday. “Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.”
Giannulli has a massive social-media presence, having built up a following on YouTube and Instagram.
After the scandal broke on Tuesday, tweets resurfaced showing Giannulli saying she hated school.
She apologised last year after posting a video on YouTube saying she didn’t “really care about school” and didn’t know how much she planned on attending.
Caruso, who last year was elected as chairman of the board of trustees, said in a statement on Tuesday that the charges filed against USC employees were “disturbing.”
“I am saddened that these people would abuse their positions of trust and, as the government has alleged, victimize USC in the process. There is no option other than zero tolerance for this type of behaviour. As a result, USC has fired the alleged wrongdoers,” he said in the statement.
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- 5 examples show the extreme lengths prosecutors say wealthy parents went to get their kids into elite colleges
- The man who helped wealthy students cheat on college entrance exams was a Harvard grad who was able to ace the tests because ‘he was just a really smart guy’, prosecutors say
- A ‘Full House’ plot line foreshadowed Lori Loughlin’s involvement in an alleged school-admissions scam
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