Is This Really Why Lori Loughlin Didn’t Go for a Guilty Plea?

The recent college admissions scandal reminds us that even celebrities aren’t immune to the law. So far, 50 people have been involved with the scandal that involved bribery to get their kids into the college of their choice. Amongst the 50 were two very famous actresses — Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

In Lori Loughlin’s case, she allegedly paid up to $500,000 to have her two daughters accepted into the University of Southern California under the guise that they were recruited for the women’s crew team. This was found to be a lie, however — but unlike Huffman, Loughlin didn’t take the guilty plea and now may be facing serious jail time. As for why she didn’t accept the plea, many have their suspicions.

Lori Loughlin could reportedly be facing up to 40 years in jail

Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin | Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

While Loughlin may not have understood the consequences of her actions early on in the case, it seems reality may be dawning on her now. Not only is she facing fraud charges from the scandal, but Fox News notes she and her famous fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are also facing money laundering charges. Each charge carries a maximum of 20 years, which could mean Loughlin could potentially face 40 years in prison.

Elle notes Loughlin had the opportunity to take a plea deal for lesser jail time, but she and her husband didn’t take it. The plea deal would have reportedly come with a minimum jail sentence of 2 to 2.5 years, but because Loughlin wanted a deal with no jail time at all, she didn’t accept. Elle reports a source told E! News, “She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing. She was adamant she wouldn’t do any jail time.” Unfortunately, it seems she’s now realizing the seriousness of the situation “She is seeing the light that she will do jail time and is freaking out,” the source added.

Her daughters are completely devastated by the scandal

Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin, and Isabella Rose Giannulli
Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin, and Isabella Rose Giannulli | Phillip Faraone/WireImage

Loughlin’s legal trouble and public backlash isn’t all she has to worry about, either. CNN notes her daughters — particularly 19-year-old Olivia, who has since lost partnerships due to the scandal — is absolutely crushed by her parents’ decision to go through with the bribe in the first place. “Olivia is devastated and completely embarrassed. She feels like she’s lost nearly all of her friends because of this. She’s barely speaking to her parents,” a friend of Olivia’s told CNN.

Not only was Olivia attending college, but she was also a social media influencer who has since received a lot of backlash of her own due to the scandal. And it seems she’s even more upset because she didn’t have big dreams of attending school in the first place. As a source told People, “She would have never gone along with it if she thought this would happen. Her thing is that she trusted her parents.”

Loughlin may have skipped the guilty plea to attempt to save face with her kids

Loughlin’s actions have definitely hurt her relationship with Olivia, but it seems she may have skipped out on the guilty plea in the first place in order to salvage a relationship with her kids. A source close to Loughlin allegedly told People, “She is very concerned about what a guilty plea would do to her daughters, who may not have grasped everything that was going on.” The source then added that while Loughlin might care about what the public thinks, she cares about what her daughters think of her much more. “So that is something that has understandably made her less likely to enter a plea.”

Unfortunately, it seems the damage is done on all fronts — and we’ll have to wait and see what the final verdict is. Hopefully Olivia can salvage her relationship with her mother over time and save her brand, too.

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