Lori Loughlin’s two daughters still enrolled at USC

By Alexandra Heilbron on April 11, 2019 | 13 Comments

Lori Loughlin in Fuller HouseDespite the fact that their mother, Lori Loughlin, and father, famous designer Mossimo Giannulli, were named as two of the parents who paid bribes to get their children enrolled at prestigious colleges, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli are still enrolled at the University of Southern California.

It seems the school won’t allow them to drop out because the accounts of all students who are believed to have fraudulently received admission have been put on hold.

The college released a statement on Monday that read: “This prevents the students from registering for classes (until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case), withdrawing from the university, or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review.”

Fuller House star Loughlin and her husband are facing federal charges for allegedly paying $500,000 to William “Rick” Singer to ensure their daughters were accepted as competitive rowing recruits at the school, despite the fact that neither girl rows, is athletically talented or academically inclined.

In fact, Olivia Jade, who was making a tidy sum as an Instagram “influencer,” made so many errors on trademark applications for a beauty brand she wanted registered, that the applications were returned to her.

Since news of the scandal broke, Olivia Jade has lost partnerships with TRESemmé and Sephora. In past interviews, Olivia Jade complained that her parents were forcing her to go to college, saying she wanted to focus on her social media career (including a YouTube channel) instead.

Although actress Felicity Huffman was also named in the scandal, legal analysts predict that despite the fact that prosecutors want both women to serve time to make examples of them, Huffman will likely instead be sentenced to perform community service because she admitted her crime and issued an apology. Also, her bribe was $15,000, a mere fraction of the half million Loughlin paid out.

In contrast, Loughlin and her husband, who rejected a plea agreement — face a total of up to 40 years each in prison — 20 years for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and another 20 for conspiracy to commit money laundering. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Eleanor Tomkiw • April 11, 2019 @ 10:39 AM

    I feel bad for the kids who are underprivileged and have to study, work and try so hard to get into these prestigious colleges or universities. While the elite, will just have ” let them eat cake” attitude about getting into such schools, and “poo, pooing” higher learning when I can do makeup tips online.
    Lori is the queen of the “Hallmark card” movie biz and sometimes in “real” life, we are not always the prettiest or the richest kid on the block. She should admit the crime and do the time.

  2. Paul • April 11, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

    There are so many horrible crimes in the world. This should not be one of them. The university should be charged with not checking there enrolment. They should lose the money they invested, beyond that I don’t know.

  3. Julie LFlamme • April 11, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

    Do not understand why taxpayer funded prison time is being looked at to set an example.
    Community service- along with a hefty fine, should be enough for this.
    Jail isn’t going to teacher her anything..it’s not like she killed or robbed someone.
    These folks seem to think because they have money, they can buy whatever they want.
    Doesn’t take a brain surgeon ( or overly intelligent judge) to figure out what the biggest slap in the face to these elitists – ht them where they worship -in the bank account. And make them do some really grungy community service- like cleaning out crates & litter boxes at an animal shelter, or washing up after meals at soup kitchens- to take them down a peg or two.
    Sending them to a prison, where everything is paid for compliments of taxpayers-from their medical care, food, clothing, toiletries,exercise & recreational needs, & utilities- and where their celebrity status is sure to earnthem preferential treatment- is just a waste of taxpayers’ money.

  4. Terry • April 11, 2019 @ 11:26 AM

    I agree with both Julie & Paul….totally! BTW — sending Loughlin to prison forever & giving Huffman only community service for basically the same crime — it should have absolutely nothing to do with the amount of money they paid — crime is crime. And true, it isn’t exactly as if either one has murdered someone. This kind of thing has been going on since Moses was a baby or at least since schools, colleges & universities were established. Not only that but the public & educational institutions have always known that it’s a common occurrence. It isn’t fair to make such an example out of these two women — it isn’t justice served. The only people they’ve actually hurt are their own daughters by compensating for their inabilities instead of letting them struggle through life themselves. What parent is not guilty of that in some way? I wish they would PLEASE get off of these two women. I’m sure they’ve learned their lesson & have been punished enough by all the noise & publicity about it.

  5. Ken • April 11, 2019 @ 12:32 PM

    Fines and community service would be penalties to these individuals but prison sentences act as societal deterrents. In this case it should be a combination of all three.

    I do agree that the most public of the accused/guilty — the two actresses — are subject to the harshest public scrutiny; however, figuratively, if you live by a sword you die by a sword.

  6. Tony • April 11, 2019 @ 12:34 PM

    How exactly does sending the parents who committed these crimes to prison, make up for the opportunities they took from other students who were denied enrolment to allow for their child to attend… instead of prison time a hefty fine and community service should be adequate punishment, they’ve also damaged their careers themselves by making these choices at least this way the money from these fines could go toward scholarships and allow other young people an opportunity they might not have had available to them otherwise. At least this wouldn’t be a drain on tax payers $$ by housing parents for these non-violent crimes and instead actually provide opportunities to students to make up for the opportunities they took from other young people.

  7. Jess • April 11, 2019 @ 1:25 PM

    I disagree with most of the comments here. They should go to jail, but they should pay for their stay, like it’s a hotel. All wealthy people should pay for what it costs to put them in jail. After all, they did things to earn themselves stays there. And I don’t think the public humiliation will ever stop people who think they are above the law from doing things like this again. Just wait. She will make sure her daughters are stars in a movie at some point, without ever having earned it, and to the detriment of talented and university educated actors who can’t get a break. They should be fined to the max, community service AND pay for their own prison stay. And their children should be sentenced to community service as well. And even then, I expect we’ll be seeing the little dimwit Olivia Jade starring in a TV or theatrical movie within the next five years. I would place bets on that.

  8. Fred Meads • April 11, 2019 @ 2:38 PM

    Rather than jail time they should be fined in the form of paying the next 15 years for deserving underprivileged kids to go to university or college.

  9. CDubya • April 11, 2019 @ 3:44 PM

    I can’t say this crime didn’t hurt anyone (not a victimless crime) because it did. Lower ‘status’ families couldn’t get their kids into the school. But it doesn’t deserve jail time. Then the public pays for that jail time. Community service and that sort of thing is the way to go, but I do hope that all the other people that did the same crime get the same punishment. I hope a community service type punishment would not be reserved for just the ‘c’ list celebs. Unfortunately because of their ‘celeb status’ they will also likely have ruined their careers and a black mark on their public persona. That should NOT be taken into any sort of consideration. They are not above the law and as a public figure ‘celeb’ they should have known if this came to light, they’d be under a big public microscope.

  10. Blair • April 12, 2019 @ 7:59 AM

    Nobody would be talking about community service or wasting tax payer dollars on prison time if these parents were black. They’d be talking about public lynchings. Look at the Smollet case. Protests in Chicago when he was let off, yet when the white Olympic swimmer did the same thing when he was in Brazil they gave him a spot on Celebrity Big Brother when he got back. I say throw the book at them. It’s their crime not the University’s. The university can’t investigate the behaviour of every kid’s parents with each enrolment or their motivation. They committed a crime, they should do the time. Period. America has to learn to be colourblind. There’s a reason that Lady Justice is blind.

  11. Terry • April 12, 2019 @ 1:37 PM

    BLAIR — You are obviously a black person!! I’ve never known of a black who didn’t turn every single issue into a BLACK one!!!!!!! Geez, will you people ever let up?? Follow your own advice….quote: “America has to learn to be colourblind.” So why the hell can’t YOU??? I’m so damn sick of this BS….oh, but if they were black crap…..what these two people did has nothing to do with being black or white, it’s about the crime they committed — STOP TRYING TO TURN EVERYTHING INTO A RACIST ISSUE!!!!! It’s because of people like you that racism will NEVER die!!

  12. Barbara Muszik • April 12, 2019 @ 1:48 PM


  13. Snepts • April 13, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

    To be fair, Loughlin paid a heck of a lot more –$500,000, it’s said — to ensure her daughters were enrolled; the $15,000 paid by Huffman wasn’t going to get it done.

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