Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have been arrested as part of a massive college admissions scam. The couple allegedly spent close to $500,000 to have their two daughters admitted to USC.
Both daughters are repotedly withdrawing due to the backlash. As details continue to be revealed, many are wondering whether the two students deserved to stay at USC if they don’t remove themselves?
How much did Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli know about the admissions fraud?
Early reports have said that most of the students involved in the scandal knew nothing about the deals their parents were making behind the scenes. But when it comes to Loughlin’s case, we have to wonder how true this can really be.
Isabella and Olivia Jade Giannulli were both admitted to USC to be part of the college’s crew team. The thing is, neither of them actually were in crew. Loughlin and her husband, reportedly had the girls pose as coxswains on their local crew team and on rowing machines. The couple submitted these photos as part of their children’s applications. While it can be argued that other students in the scandal were oblivious to their parent’s actions, it seems unlikely that the girls didn’t question why these photos were being taken.
Olivia Jade made some controversial remarks regarding her schooling
Loughlin’s youngest daughter Olivia Jade has a successful YouTube channel with nearly 2 million followers. In 2018, the YouTuber posted a video telling fans she didn’t know how much she would actually be attending school. She went on to say, “I do want the experience of like game days, partying,” and added, “I don’t really care about school.”
The YouTube star received backlash for her comments and later posted an apology video. In the follow-up video, Giannulli apologized for her “ignorant” comments. She said that she felt a little weird saying her original comments and that the comments section of her video confirmed that she should feel weird. She told her followers that she understands that she is going to really good school and didn’t mean to come off as ungrateful.
A recent yacht trip brings more questions
It was just revealed that Olivia Jade was on Rick Caruso’s luxury yacht in the Bahamas when news broke of her mother’s scandal. Caruso serves on USC’s board of directors. Caruso’s daughter goes to school with Olivia Jade. The USC official told TMZ, “My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government’s announcement yesterday. Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.” This recent news brings to question just how deep this scandal went. Fox News reports that the board of directors will not have an impact on the outcome of the ongoing case.
The admissions scandal could impact Olivia Jade’s business relationships
As a social media influencer, Olivia Jade is partnered with many major brands including Amazon, Sephora, and Too Faced. Recently, Amazon Prime furnished the 19-year-old’s dorm room. She also has her own makeup collection at Sephora. With news of the scandal, fans are calling for a boycott of her collection.
The media has reached out to the companies that Olivia Jade is connected to, but so far, none have responded. It will be interesting to see just how many brands will wait to see just how much Olivia Jade knew before deciding whether to cut ties.
Should the girls be expelled from USC?
USC has issued a statement regarding the students involved in the scandal, stating, “We are going to conduct a case-by-case review for current students and graduates that may be connected to the scheme alleged by the government,” They added, “We will make informed, appropriate decisions once those reviews have been completed. Some of these individuals may have been minors at the time of their application process.” USC spokesman, Gary Polakovic, did say that any pending applications involved in the scandal will be denied.