She’s not sweating it. One month after Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, plead not guilty to all charges in the college admissions scandal, it’s clear the star is hoping that move will pay off. On May 15, a source close to the actress told Us Weekly that she seems confident that she won’t face any jail time for her role in the alleged scheme. Apparently, the actress is more concerned with her reputation than a possible prison sentence.
“[She] reads everything that’s written about her and it’s killing her that her squeaky-clean reputation has done a total 180,” the source told Us. Loughlin, 54, is focusing on the fact that she’s lost jobs thanks to the scandal. Her other worry? It may impact any future jobs she has, too. But she does believe there were be more roles. “She thinks she’s not going to serve jail time and [will] return to work.”
Two days earlier, Felicity Huffman entered a guilty plea on May 13 for charges of “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud” for her connection to the scandal. Based on prosecutors’ recommendations, she’ll likely be facing four to 10 months behind bars and a $20,000 fine, which would be on the low end of the guidelines. Laura Janke, the USC coach who made Loughlin’s daughter’s fake crew profile, plead guilty on April 23 to charges of “conspiracy to commit racketeering.” Loughlin may be facing up to 20 years in prison on charges of “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud” as well as “conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering.”
In April, Loughlin was cut from all future When Calls the Heart episodes, despite the fact that the season had started airing. Not long after, she was erased from the season 6 promo poster. And after a brief hiatus, the show came back on May 5 with a script that wrote out her character, Mayor Abigail Stanton. “It’s been a week since Abigail got word that her mother had taken ill back east,” another character explained in the show. “I will miss her … deeply. We all will. But we must get by as best we can.”
Just two days after news of the scandal broke, Hallmark Channel’s parent company, Crown Media Family Network, announced they would “no longer” be working with the actress. “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” they said in a statement shared March 14. “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production.”
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