College Admissions Scandal: Preparing Her Defense Is Lori Loughlin’s ‘Full-Time Job,’ According to New Report
Lori Loughlin has a new full-time job, but it’s probably not one that she wants. The actress was fired from Fuller House and When Calls the Heart because of her alleged involvement in the college admissions bribery scandal. Now, instead of reviewing scripts and practicing lines, she’s rehearsing her defense with her lawyers, Us Weekly reports.
Loughlin has been meeting with her lawyers ‘for days’
When many people are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday and coming Christmas season, the 55-year-old Loughlin has been spending her time readying herself for a possible trial.
“Lori has been meeting with her lawyers for days at a time,” a source told Us Weekly. “It’s her full-time job and she is very involved with her defense. When not at her lawyer’s office, Lori is emailing and texting with the team.”
Loughlin and her husband fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, 56, have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and bribery. They each face up to 60 years in prison. Prosecutors allege that they paid $500,000 to ensure their two daughters were admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither girl played the sport.
She’s preparing to testify
Many of the parents charged in the Operation Varsity Blues case — including actress Felicity Huffman — have reached plea deals with prosecutors. But Loughlin and Giannulli are fighting the charges and are apparently prepared to go to trial to defend themselves.
To get ready for court, Loughlin and her legal team have been conducting mock trials.
“Her lawyer plays the prosecutor, grilling her,” the source told the magazine, describing the sessions as “grueling.”
The trial preparations even overshadowed the couple’s 22nd wedding anniversary on November 27.
“Their anniversary is the last thing on their mind, as they’re trying to figure out their legal options and the case against them,” a source told People. “They’re unified and working together to fight these charges, but they’re not really in a celebration mood, as far as I can tell.”
Loughlin considered pleading guilty
While Loughlin is publicly asserting her innocence, at one point, she apparently considered pleading guilty. But her husband was against it, and Loughlin ended up rejecting the plea deal that prosecutors offered.
Refusing to admit guilt has seemingly put the actress in prosecutors’ cross-hairs. Andrew Lelling, the government’s lead attorney on the case, told a Boston TV station in October that the actress would likely face a longer prison sentence than Huffman, who was sentenced to 14 days in prison. He added that if Loughlin reached a deal with prosecutors before a trial, she might receive a lighter sentence.
Insiders say that Loughlin was just trying to do what any parent would do by helping her children.
“[S]he believes she was duped by unscrupulous people who enriched themselves off her. It is her position that she was not some sort of criminal mastermind,” People’s source said. “She just wanted what was best for her daughters. And it has turned into an ongoing nightmare.”