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Report: Lori Loughlin questioned about drug and alcohol use in college cheating scandal

Loughlin and Giannulli are putting on a united front.

Lori Loughlin departs federal court Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Boston, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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SALT LAKE CITY — Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli appeared in court Tuesday for the college admissions scandal with the same lawyers.

The Rule 44 hearing aimed to figure out if Loughlin and Giannulli wanted to share attorneys in their defense and whether they wanted to stick with Latham & Watkins, which represents the University of Southern California in a separate case and has been the subject of many headlines in recent months related to Loughlin.

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters — social media star Olivia Jade and her sister Isabella Giannulli — could become students and team crew recruits at USC. Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty in the case.

Magistrate Judge Page Kelly grilled Loughlin and Giannulli on Tuesday at the Boston federal courthouse about “whether either of the duo had any prescription or illicit drug use, alcohol or psychological issues that could impair their respective ability to understand the risk they were taking sharing lawyers in such a high-stakes case, and the trial that clearly looks to be upcoming,” according to Deadline.

Loughlin and Giannulli said they denied any issues related to those questions.

The couple agreed to use the same legal team. Loughlin and Giannulli ended the hearing by signing a waiver to accept whatever happened in the case related to conflicts of interest, according to Deadline.

Loughlin avoided a media scrum on Tuesday when she appeared in Boston Wednesday. She entered the courthouse through the back entrance, “avoiding dozens of media members waiting out front,” per NBC10 Boston reporter Eli Rosenberg.

Loughlin left the courthouse after a 45-minute hearing. She left the courthouse without greeting fans, either. This is different from her first court appearance back in April, when Loughlin entered through the front door and greeted her cheering fans. She smiled when she entered the courthouse back then, too. Since that time, Loughlin has reportedly regretted smiling and being so flippant about the court hearing, according to reports.