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‘She’s like a hunted animal’: Lori Loughlin’s media narrative takes another turn

Loughlin is reportedly feeling ‘spiritual’ in the wake of the college admissions scandal.

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Actress Lori Loughlin arrives at federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Steven Senne, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are reportedly feeling “contemplative and spiritual right now,” but they’re also feeling alone.

The New York Post’s Page Six reportedly spoke with a “family friend” of Loughlin and Giannulli, who admitted that the two parents, currently wrapped up in the college admissions scandal, are feeling the pressure of the paparazzi.

“Lori and Mossimo are being contemplative and spiritual right now,” the friend told the Post. “Lori goes out a little bit, but the paparazzi follow her everywhere. She’s like a hunted animal.”

Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, could become crew team recruits for the University of Southern California. Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty in the case. They both face up to 40 years in prison.

Loughlin and Giannulli are due in court Tuesday for a status hearing, the Deseret News reported back in July.

Since they were indicted back in April (along with 13 other parents), Loughlin has been spending time at home, yoga class and The Church of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic church in Beverly Hills.

“They feel a lot of support there,” one friend told Page Six.

But another unnamed source — who Page Six described as “a Bel Air insider of the couple’s friends and neighbors” — said there isn’t a wide support network outside of church.

“A lot of these people are ­socially prominent, give to charities, have done the right things wealthy people are supposed to do in this town. They’re scared they might get ostracized by association,” the source said.

“They’re calling less, inviting less. Hanging back — for now. If (Giannulli and Loughlin) are not convicted, everything will go back to the way it was,” said the friend. “But if they are, well, they might want to move. It’s sort of Bel Air ‘Bonfire of the Vanities.’ ”

But reports suggest that Loughlin feels remorseful for what happened. One unnamed source told people magazine that Loughlin isn’t feeling indignant in the aftermath of the college admissions scandal. She reportedly feels remorseful for what happened.

“Lori is remorseful, and she has definite regrets,” the source told People magazine. “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.”

“She honestly didn’t think what she was doing was any different than donating money for a library or athletic field,” the source told People. “That’s the crux of why she pleaded not guilty.”

Of course, there’s no indication of who the unnamed source is. There’s a good chance that the source has a direct tie to Loughlin and is trying to shift the narrative, painting Loughlin as remorseful ahead of her upcoming court dates.

That fits into a larger narrative that’s been ongoing with the college admissions scandal, more specifically with Lori Loughlin. Unnamed sources have spoken aplenty about Loughlin and Giannulli to multiple outlets, including CNN, People magazine and US weekly. These unnamed sources — who might be the same person, for all we know — have shared similar themes about Loughlin’s regret, her belief she is innocent and her charge to win in the court room.

But the unnamed sources have caused a stir, too. One unnamed source shared information that both Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli had been kicked out of their University of Southern California sorority. Olivia Jade responded with an Instagram photo, which showed her flipping the bird and calling out media companies, including Daily Mail, Star Magazine, People and Perez Hilton, the Deseret News reported. She also referenced “every other media outlet,” in her post.

“Putting the puzzle pieces together, it is clear that she is calling out all media publications on the way they reported on the scandal,” according to Deadline.

Days later, the University of Southern California chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma said in a statement to People magazine that the daughters hadn’t been kicked out.

“The story regarding these two individuals is false,” the statement read, according to People magazine.

And, according to the statement, Olivia Jade was never a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma at all since she ”did not complete the membership process.”