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Lori Loughlin faces moment of truth in college admissions scandal as daughters exit USC

Matt Hamilton, Richard Winton and Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES -- Felicity Huffman is now serving time behind bars.

Other high-profile parents in the college admissions case have pleaded guilty.

But so far, there is no indication from Lori Loughlin and her camp about whether she plans to fight the charges or join others and make a deal with prosecutors.

On Monday, four parents changed their pleas to guilty, and USC announced that Loughlin's children -- who prosecutors allege got into the school after cheating by Loughlin and her husband -- were no longer enrolled there.

"Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli are not currently enrolled," USC said. "We are unable to provide additional information because of student privacy laws."

Loughlin, of TV's "Full House," and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters admitted to USC as crew recruits. Though neither is a rower, the parents saw being a coxswain as their daughters' ticket into the private college, which has an acceptance rate of 13%, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.


The couple began discussing the plot with William "Rick" Singer in April 2016 after they met with the college counselor of their older daughter, according to the affidavit.

"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!" Giannulli allegedly wrote in an email to Singer.

Singer told the couple that their daughter's academic qualifications were "at or just below the low end of USC's admission," according to the affidavit.

At a cost of $500,000, prosecutors allege, the couple tapped what Singer called his "side door" into USC by bribing Donna Heinel, an athletics department official, to designate their two daughters as recruited rowers. Heinel has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering. She was fired by USC in March.


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