Through the good times, and the bad. Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, made up one of Hollywood’s most beloved power couples before their involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal.
She was Aunt Becky on the popular sitcom Full House and he was a notable fashion designer, so fans couldn’t believe the news when it was announced they were arrested in March 2019 for paying $500,000 to get their daughters, Isabella Giannulli and Olivia Jade Giannulli, into the University of Southern California. The girls were admitted as recruits to USC’s crew team, despite never playing the sport.
Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty to charges in April 2019, and entered the same plea again when they were both hit with additional charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery in October 2019.
Later on, the photos the couple took of their daughters in connection to the bribery scheme were released by federal prosecutors. Isabella and Olivia were “mortified” over the compromising portraits, an insider told In Touch in April 2020.
The girls were “begging [their parents] to plead guilty or make some kind of deal, if it’s not too late,” the source said at the time. “It seems like the case against Lori can’t get any worse, but she still can’t fathom the idea of spending one day behind bars. She seemed to be in denial until the recent photos of her daughters rowing, and Mossimo’s personal emails detailing the scam, were presented as evidence.”
Loughlin and Giannulli ultimately pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in May during an online hearing amid the coronavirus outbreak. However, their choice to accept a plea deal “didn’t come easy,” another source told In Touch.
“She and Mossimo were so adamant about their innocence, but the pressures of the trial and the thought of spending years behind bars finally wore them down,” the insider revealed about their change of heart after over a year of denial.
On August 21, 2020, Giannulli was sentenced to five months behind bars, as part of his agreed-upon plea deal. The judge also accepted Loughlin’s plea deal, sentencing her to two months in prison.
With this fairly private couple making news yet again, let’s take a quick look back at their relationship — over 20 years of marriage.
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