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Did Lori Loughlin’s daughters encourage her to plead guilty?

A new report suggests Lori Loughlin’s daughters encouraged her to plead guilty

Lori Loughlin arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Lori Loughlin arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Matt Sayles, Associated Press

Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli may have encouraged Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal.

What’s going on:

  • An unnamed “legal source” told People magazine that Loughlin’s daughters pushed their parents to put the entire scandal behind them by pleading guilty.
  • The source said: “The girls have been very supportive of their parents throughout this whole ordeal. They were encouraging their parents to fight this, but that’s obviously all changed now. They realize that this was done to help them and there is no animosity there.”
  • “The girls’ biggest fear has been that their parents would go to jail for years. They all had a family discussion about their options before making a decision. Olivia and Bella also want it to be over and they agree the plea is the best option. Lori and Mossimo don’t feel like they gave up; they’re doing what’s best for their family.”

The legal information:

  • Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, would be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California. The couple pleaded not guilty for more than a year before entering a guilty plea. The plea waits approval from a U.S. judge.
  • Loughlin has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and Giannulli will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
  • Loughlin agreed to be sentenced to two months in prison, a $150,000 fine and two years of supervised released with 100 hours of community service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
  • Giannulli agreed to be sentenced to five months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years supervised release with 250 hours of community service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.