Every new story that comes out from the college admissions scandal just gets more unbelievable. Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli are determined to drag out their fight. Fellow actress Felicity Huffman has accepted her role in the scandal and is dealing with it. But Loughlin and Giannulli are maintaining their innocence at all costs. Their newest claim? Lori Loughlin believes USC is trying to "financially ruin" her. Yeah, we don't get it either.
Lest we forget how we got here: Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 to a man named Rick Singer to get their daughters Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade into the University of Southern California. It was arranged that both girls would be applying as members of the crew team to ensure their admission to the very prestigious college. Spoiler alert: neither girl rows for the crew team.
The Supreme Court in Boston offered all the parents involved a plea deal that includes jail time. Felicity Huffman took the plea deal, but Loughlin and Giannulli did not. So, the judge added charges of money laundering and conspiracy to their plates. Those charges could make their jail sentences about 40 years. Still, they're like, "not guilty."
So now, Loughlin, who is apparently very involved with her defense, is crying foul on the part of USC. It looks like the law firm representing her has also represented USC in the past. Her lawyer has addressed this by saying it wouldn't be a conflict of interest. But in a letter to prosecutors, she mentioned that USC “suggested that Latham’s representation of Ms. Loughlin and Mr. Giannulli poses foreseeable conflicts because it is possible that USC may have civil disputes with one or both sometime in the future," according to Us Weekly. Basically, USC may try to take Loughlin and Giannulli to court in the future.
Now here's the truly ironic part: Loughlin wants to investigate USC's admissions processes. “Lori feels that USC is going to do whatever is necessary to attempt to financially ruin her family. USC accepts extremely substantial donations, which will typically result with a child from that family enrolling,” an insider tells Us Weekly. While this may be true (Dr. Dre's daughter got accepted to USC and he's made donations in the past,) Loughlin's situation is very different.
Part of the charges against her allege the money she paid to Singer was to bribe the crew team coach at USC. Everything she did was through a third party, not directly to the school. Yes, making large donations can be considered shady. But they in no way guarantee admission. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.