The photos Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly took of their daughters, Oliva Jade and Bella, in connection to the college admissions scandal were released by federal prosecutors on Wednesday, April 8.
In the images obtained by In Touch, two women with blurred faces — identified by prosecutors to be Olivia Jade, 20, and Bella, 21 — are pictured using rowing machines while wearing athletic gear.
According to court documents, the photo of Bella was attached to an email sent to alleged scandal ring leader Rick Singer on September 7, 2016. Pictures of Olivia were sent to Singer on July 28, 2017, after he forwarded an email to Loughlin stating, “I need all the other information on her so I can finish her résumé and add rowing club based off [where lives.]”
The photos were revealed in response to the defendants’ motion to dismiss their case on March 25. Loughlin and Giannulli have been accused of bribing the University of Southern California with $500,000 in return for their daughter’s admission as crew team recruits despite never participating in the sport.
The parents and others involved in the scandal urged a judge to dismiss their case as “the extraordinary government misconduct presented in this case threatens grave harm to defendants and the integrity of this proceeding,” according to court documents obtained by In Touch.
The documents state Singer was pressured into lying and alleged evidence was “buried” that could have helped the defense’s claim that they believed they were making a legitimate donation and not participating in bribery.
“That misconduct cannot be ignored,” lawyers wrote in their motion to a judge. Additionally, the defense asked that if the judge chooses not to dismiss the case, they asked for prosecutors to be prevented from using the “tainted records” at trial and order a hearing to “uncover the full truth about the recordings and the government’s efforts to fabricate and conceal evidence.”
Loughlin and Giannulli are scheduled to go to trial in October 2020 for their alleged involvement in the scandal. They pleaded not guilty to charges in April 2019 and later pleaded not guilty to additional charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery in October.
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