Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Now Facing a Hefty Lawsuit

The hits just keep on coming for Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. The actresses were named in a criminal complaint last week that alleged they actively took part in a college admission cheating scandal. Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to ensure their two daughters’ admission into USC. Huffman, 54 is accused of paying to doctor her daughter’s SAT scores. Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 for the service.

Loughlin has been dropped by Hallmark and fired from Fuller House in the wake of the scandal. Now Huffman and Loughlin are being sued for $500 billion, according to recent reports. Loughlin and Huffman are among several dozen individuals named in the lawsuit.

What is the college admissions lawsuit all about?

An Oakland-area mother, and former teacher filed the lawsuit in a California court on Friday. According to The Los Angeles Times, Jennifer Kay Toy alleges that her son, Joshua Toy, was denied admission into several schools when he was applying to college. The lawsuit also alleges that Toy’s rejections were directly linked to the cheating scandal, details of which finally became public last week after a months-long FBI investigation.

Lori Loughlin and Mosssimo Gianulli
Lori Loughlin Mossimo Giannulli
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Toy’s lawsuit names several dozen defendants, including famous actors, actresses and businessmen, and women who allegedly rigged the admission system to ensure their children were admitted to the schools of their choice. Yale, Wake Forest, UCLA, USC and the University of Texas were among the schools involved in the scandal, according to NBC News.

Toy’s documentation goes onto to state her son, who carried a 4.2GPA was rejected from several schools wrapped up in the admissions scandal. Toy points to her son’s high GPA as proof his admission was denied to save room for children whose parents bribed officials and doctored test exams. Toy’s lawsuit is the first pertaining to the cheating scandal but is unlikely to be the last.

Who was the mastermind behind the scam?

William Rick Singer, 58, is believed to behind the scam. The college admissions coach allegedly crafted a system that could promise wealthy parents their children admission to their schools of choice. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Singer facilitated the vast majority of the cheating that happened. He worked with college coaches to position clients as athletic recruits and even paid individuals to take SAT exams for some of his students. Singer operated under the front of offering college admissions coaching. Singer has since pled guilty.

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Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer
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Several college coaches, heads of athletics and admissions board members have also been named in court documents.  John Vandemoer, Stanford University’s sailing coach also pled guilty to charges stemming from the sting.

What happens to the students admitted through bribery?

While the schools involved have not made a blanket decision on how to deal with students who were admitted due to cheating, USC did say that they would be dealing with the cheating allegations on a case-by-case basis. The school allegedly plans to expel any student who knew about the cheating scandal before their admission. Any student who was not privy to the scandal will be dealt with by the board.

Loughlin’s daughters have allegedly withdrawn from USC following the scandal. According to reports, the sisters feared bullying and retaliation now that their names have been made public. Olivia Jade, 19 was a freshman at USC when the scandal broke. Isabella, 20, was a sophomore.