Lori Loughlin and Fashion Designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are constantly finding themselves in hot water due to their involvement in the college admissions scandal. Loughlin has been turning down plea deals to help rectify her entanglement in the scandal. She has just turned down another opportunity to plea guilty, and at this point, if she is convicted, her jail time could be up to fifty years.
Reportedly, the couple are trying to present “a united front” in the midst of the battle. Which in this case, according to sources, means that Loughlin is listening directly to her husband, who doesn’t want her to take a plea deal.
“Lori turned the corner and backed out of considering a guilty plea due to her husband’s insistence,” the source told Us Weekly. “She had been talking to her lawyers about it, but her friends and family were encouraging her to pursue a plea deal. She’s only listening to Mossimo though.”
The couple appeared at the Boston Federal Court on Friday where their attorney addressed a new not-guilty plea on their behalf. The couple are being charged with fraud, money laundering and facing up to 40-year in prison sentence for paying $500,000 to bribe the College Admissions Consultant, William “Rick” Singer. Their goal was to have their daughters: Olivia Jade, 20, and Isabella, 21, enter the University of Southern California by falsely stating that they were crew team athletes, even though both girls had never played on the sport’s team before.
This specific court hearing surfaced new bribery charges which PEOPLE magazine said, left their “entire family in chaos.”
“They knew this was a possibility, but they thought perhaps it was just a bargaining tool from the prosecution,” a source told People. “Now that the charges are official, they are realizing that there is no way to avoid a moderately long prison sentence, unless they are found not guilty in a trial.”
However, Loughlin continues to insist on her innocence. “Does she regret not taking the deal? Of course she does, because it would have been easier,” the source mentioned to People.
Another source revealed to Us Weekly that Loughlin was “inclined” to take a plea deal, but Giannulli insisted, “It would ruin both of their careers.”
“They say she should have followed Huffman’s lead and taken a plea deal and accepted responsibility,” another source told Us Weekly.
At this point, it's only speculations from sources, whether or not Loughlin actually regrets tying her legal fate to that of her husband’s, so we will have to wait and see what happens.