Did Lori Loughlin do the best that she could for her kids — or did she commit a crime? If you ask the actresses’ friends, they may not be sure how to answer. According to a source close to the former Full House star, her friends are “divided” over her involvement with the college admissions scandal. And, behind the scenes, things are starting to get messy. Though some of her friends reportedly think her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, is to blame, others are pointing the finger right at her.
“Lori’s friends are divided,” a source exclusively told In Touch. “Some [are] saying she’s been brave, and others [are] saying she’s getting her just dessert for being a greedy, competitive parent.” And those of them who know Felicity Huffman, also wrapped up in the legal matter, can’t help but compare the two. “Lori and Felicity are both handling this college scandal very differently,” the source said. “Their friends are all taking sides and pointing fingers.”
On April 15, the former Hallmark star, 54, and her husband entered not guilty pleas on all counts. According to the second indictment in the case, they’re facing not only the initial “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud” counts, but also charges of “conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering in connection with a scheme to use bribery to cheat on college entrance exams and to facilitate their children’s admission to selective colleges and universities as purported athletic recruits.”
Conversely, the Desperate Housewives star, 56, already reached a plea deal in her case. On April 8, she took “full responsibility” for her actions, pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done,” she said. “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.”
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