Lori Loughlin is reportedly feeling saddened that her legacy has been tarnished because of the recent college bribery scandal that has ruined her squeaky-clean reputation in the entertainment industry. Sources close to the actress say that while she believes that her career and her finances can be worked out later on, she is mostly upset about what the scandal has done to her Hollywood legacy.
Loughlin, along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli, are facing charges for mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy. The couple paid a reported amount of $500,000 to ensure that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, would be accepted into the University of Southern California (USC). The couple even had their daughters pose as crew team members so they could get accepted as athlete recruits even though they’ve never played the sport in their lives.
If convicted, both Loughlin and Giannulli could face up to 20 years in prison. But that seems to be the least of Loughlin’s worries right now. Instead, she is more concerned of what this has all done for her reputation. Before the scandal made headlines, Loughlin was best known as her character Aunt Becky on Full House and the recent Netflix reboot of the show, Fuller House. Loughlin also starred in a number of family-friendly movies for the Hallmark Channel. She’s been since fired from both Fuller House and Hallmark.
A source close to the actress says that Loughlin is feeling both “shocked and saddened” that she will forever be associated with the college bribery scandal. The insider told PEOPLE in an interview, “You read the complaint and they look like criminal masterminds. But they really didn’t know the legalities of what was going on. They’re not lawyers and they’re not experts. They were parents who simply wanted to make sure that their daughters got into a good school.”
Loughlin herself hasn’t made any comments about the scandal, however, insiders say that she and her husband apparently didn’t fully grasp that their alleged bribery was illegal. Instead, their friends claim that the couple believed that their actions were comparable to those parents who take extra steps to help their kids get into college.
Some of those steps include calling in favors, donating money to an alumni association, or hiring consultants to help with their children’s college application process. The source adds that Loughlin never intended to break any laws and if she did, it was purely inadvertent.