Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have maintained their innocence in the infamous college admissions scandal for the past 14 months. The two are among dozens of high-profile people who allegedly paid bribe money to administrators and consultants to help their children get accepted into top-tier colleges and universities. But now, Loughlin and Giannulli are officially pleading guilty, according to recently released court documents — and her emails reveal how she really felt when the whole process started.
The college admissions scandal shocked the nation back in 2019
Back in March 2019, news broke that 50 people had been arrested in a developing case regarding bribe money and college admissions. Those arrested were accused of being involved in a massive scandal that saw high-profile people (such as wealthy business owners, celebrities, and more) using bribe money to help their children get into schools to which they otherwise likely wouldn’t have been accepted. According to Axios, there were a total of 750 families involved and about $25 million in bribery funds.
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli maintained their innocence
When the news broke, arguably the two most well-known people involved were Loughlin and Giannulli. Loughlin, an actress known for her role as Aunt Becky on Full House, and Giannulli, a successful fashion designer, had allegedly paid $500,000 to have their daughters passed off as rowing recruits for University of Southern California.
Many people in the scandal, including actress Felicity Huffman, plead guilty in order to take a plea deal rather than go to trial and risk a maximum sentence. But for the past 14 months, Loughlin and Giannulli maintained their innocence.
New court documents reveal Loughlin’s emails about the scandal — and her daughter’s potential
On May 21, newly released court documents showed that Loughlin and Giannulli had ultimately decided to plead guilty. According to the Los Angeles Times, both will plead guilty to fraud, and Loughlin will serve two months in prison, though it’s unclear if Giannulli will do the same.
An email that was included in the released documents shows what Loughlin really thinks of her daughter’s (presumably Olivia Jade’s) capabilities — and her concerns about the scandal and her daughter’s future. The email, which was sent from Loughlin to consultant William “Rick” Singer, reads, “I’d like to maybe sit with you after your session with the girls as I have some concerns and want to fully understand the game plan and make sure we have a roadmap for success as it relates to [our daughter] and getting her into a school other than ASU!”
Loughlin’s email suggests two things: That she wants her daughter to go to a school other than Arizona State University (the wording of the email suggests Loughlin wouldn’t be satisfied with ASU), and that she doesn’t think her daughter is capable of getting into a better school on her own. It also shows she had some “concerns” about the scandal in the first place, though it’s unknown specifically what that line refers to.
The L.A. Times reported that, according to the affidavit, Singer informed the couple that Olivia Jade’s “academic qualifications” were “at or just below the low end of USC’s admission.” Singer, who runs a tax-exempt foundation, essentially created a system that allowed parents to write off their bribes as charitable donations on tax forms.