The future is uncertain. Lori Loughlin’s daughters, Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19, are currently not attending the University of Southern California at the moment, ever since their parents were allegedly involved in a nationwide college admissions scandal. Now, the school is “conducting a case-by-case review” of any student who was allegedly involved in the wrongdoing.
“USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme,” a statement from the university read on Monday, April 8. “This prevents the students from registering for classes (until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case), withdrawing from the university or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review.”
The declaration continued, “Among many factors investigators could consider in reviewing each case are any developments in the criminal cases, including plea deals by parents. Following these case-by-case reviews, we will take the proper action related to each student’s status, up to revoking admission or expulsion.”
The Full House star, 54, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, 55, were arrested in March after they allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” The duo was later released from jail on $1 million bond.
On Wednesday, April 3, Felicity Huffman, 56, Loughlin and Giannulli arrived at a federal Boston courthouse where Judge M. Page Kelley explained to them that they could face up to 20 years in prison. Both TV stars and Giannulli have been charged with “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.” If they are convicted, the maximum sentence would be 20 years in federal prison, 3 years probation and a $250,000 fine.
Almost a week later, the Desperate Housewives alum pled guilty and admitted that it was all her doing. “I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office. I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” read the statement obtained by In Touch.
She continued, “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
Meanwhile, it doesn’t seem like Olivia wants to show her face on campus, anyway. “Olivia Jade is not returning to USC,” an insider previously told In Touch. “Everyone is talking about her and she’s terrified she’ll be attacked by bullies because of the scam. Right now, she feels like her whole life is over!”
Only time will tell what happens next.
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