Report: Lori Loughlin feels ‘terrified’ and ‘stressed’ over new college admissions scandal charges
Lori Loughlin received new charges in the college admissions scandal Tuesday
Lori Loughlin is reportedly feeling stressed and worried about the recent new charges in the college admissions scandal, Fox News reports.
On Tuesday, Loughlin was slapped with a new round of charges in the scandal, including a new conspiracy count. A new indictment said the 11 parents included the indictment “conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California to facilitate their children’s admission. In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants’ children as athletic recruits — with little or no regard for their athletic abilities — or as members of other favored admissions categories.”
Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were named in the college admissions scandal early this year. The couple was charged with paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, could be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California. They pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Now, unnamed sources told People magazine that Loughlin and Giannulli aren’t feeling confident with the new charges as they await trial.
“They feel like this is David versus Goliath,” the unnamed source told People magazine. “How do you go up against the federal government, when the government has decided to make an example out of you? How can you possibly move forward from this?”
“This stress is about to break them,” the source added.
Loughlin and Giannulli could face up to 40 years for their role in the scandal. Federal prosecutors have been working for parents who pleaded not guilty to flip their pleas because of these new charges, as reported by the Deseret News. We’ve already seen four parents change their pleas as a result of these new charges.
“She is angry, she is sad, but most of all, she is terrified,” the unnamed source told People magazine.
“It just gets worse and worse for her. And you have to remember: Nothing new has happened. They could have charged her with all of this last spring. But they waited,” the source said, according to People magazine. “She feels like she is a scapegoat.”