The College Admissions Scandal has rocked not only the university and college world, but Hollywood as well after actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were both implicated. While Huffman took a plea deal, Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli have maintained their innocence, coming under fire by many for their lack of ownership of their involvement in the scandal.
A source close to the actress now tells PEOPLE Magazine that "Lori is remorseful, and she has definite regrets," about her alleged participation in the scandal. Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying approximately $500,000 to ensure their daughter's admission the University of Southern California by having them designated as members of the school's crew team.
"She’s embarrassed and hurt, and she knows that her reputation has been ruined for life. But she also believes the allegations against her aren’t true," the source also stated about Loughlin. "She honestly didn’t think what she was doing was any different than donating money for a library or athletic field," adds the source. "That’s the crux of why she pleaded not guilty."
While others implicated in the case, like Huffman, accepted the plea deal, both Loughlin and Giannulli rejected it, resulting in additional charges of money laundering and conspiracy.
Despite reports of issues between Loughlin and her daughters Isabella and Olivia as a result of the fallout from the scandal, PEOPLE reports that the girls are standing by their mom and ready to support her no matter what.
Lori Loughlin's Daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli Standing By Mom Amid Scandal https://t.co/G5cF2Fy64J— People (@people) August 21, 2019
"They’ll be the first ones to visit her if she does have to spend time in jail," a legal source told PEOPLE.
Loughlin is fully focused on her impending court case with another legal source claiming, "Lori is obsessing over every detail of the case. She’s not working, she’s not doing anything. She’s just reading the files again and again," the source stated.
"The family was told to remove their Google alerts and to stop searching their names because it’s not good for them to see what’s being said. But this is a full-time concern of hers."
The couple is due back in court on August 27 and is reportedly being represented by lawyers from the same law firm so they can present a "united front." A legal source adds the actress is in "constant communication" with her legal team and is keeping meticulous records" including details about all the other defendants, their pleas and their sentences.
"She wants to know who is getting what punishment and how their cases differ from hers," says the source.
"Lori is ready for this to be over," they added. "They all are. At this point, it would be better to spend a few months in jail — because she’s been spending the last several months in her own prison."