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Lori Loughlin might have known about her daughters’ leaked rowing photos

Photos of Olivia Jade using a rowing machine leaked online. Lori Loughlin may have known in advance

Lori Loughlin, center, and her daughters Isabella Rose Giannulli and Olivia Jade Giannulli attend the premiere of “Fuller House” on Feb. 16, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Lori Loughlin, center, and her daughters Isabella Rose Giannulli and Olivia Jade Giannulli attend the premiere of “Fuller House” on Feb. 16, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli may have known about their daughters’ leaked rowing photos in advance, raising questions about their reaction to the news.

What happened:

The FBI released new documents in the college admissions scandal case last week, including photos that allegedly showed Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade Giannulli in activewear using ERG machines, which were reportedly used to help the two daughters gain entry to the University of Southern California as crew team participants.

In the immediate aftermath, reports surfaced that Loughlin and Olivia Jade felt embarrassed and worried over the photos. As I wrote for the Deseret News, Olivia Jade was especially worried about how this might damage her reputation.

Now:

  • Unnamed sources told People magazine that Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli may have known about the scandal all along.
  • “They have known that the photos would eventually be released, because they are part of the discovery. They were prepared that they would be released, they just didn’t know when. It didn’t come as surprise.”
  • The source told People magazine that the photos are more evidence that Loughlin and Giannulli followed the guidance of William “Rick” Singer, the mastermind behind the college admissions scandal. It doesn’t necessarily show that they knew what they were doing.
  • The source told People: “Legally speaking, the photos are not evidence of criminal wrongdoing. They’re definitely eye-grabbing, but they are not charged with taking photos.”

What’s next:

  • Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, could be crew recruits for USC. The couple denied all charges.
  • The couple will be on trial in October.