Lori Loughlin’s daughters are no longer enrolled at the University of Southern California following the accusations that they were admitted into USC through bribes. This is a huge blow to USC’s crew team, which lost the two daughters after it was revealed that they faked rowing experience with staged photos to get admitted into USC.
Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli were able to get accepted into USC after their parents, Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 to the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) headed by William “Rick” Singer. The daughters of the Full House actress pretended to be rowing recruits.
The college cheating scandal was made public by United States federal prosecutors on March 12, 2019. Operation Varsity Blues named over 50 parents who were caught up in the college bribery scandal, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
When news of the college cheating scam went public, the University of Southern California issued a statement: “USC is conducting a case-by-case review for current students and graduates that may be connected to the scheme alleged by the government and will make informed decisions as those reviews are completed.”
On Monday, USC announced that Loughlin’s daughters were no longer attending the school. “Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli are not currently enrolled,” the statement from USC’s registrar office read. “We are unable to provide additional information because of student privacy laws.”
Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, seem to be dealing with their departure from USC well. The Giannulli went to the Jonas Brothers concert on Monday at the Hollywood Bowl. Isabella posted a video from the concert on an Instagram Story that was captioned: “My 10 year old self is so happy rn.”
In April, Loughlin and her husband were charged with a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a superseding indictment. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges and face up to 40 years in prison.
Actress Felicity Huffman did plead guilty to her crimes related to the college admissions scam. She paid $15,000 for a proctor to correct the SAT exam answers of her oldest daughter, Sophia. Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and was sentenced to only 14 days in prison and a $30,000 fine. She began her sentence on October 15.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has gone on record to say that the parents who plead not guilty and did not accept a plea deal will face the consequences. “If (Loughlin) is convicted, I don’t think I’m giving away any state secrets by saying we would probably ask for a higher sentence for her than we did for Felicity Huffman,” Lelling said earlier this month. “The longer the case goes, let’s say she goes through to trial. If it’s after trial, I think certainly we’d be asking for something substantially higher. If she resolved her case short of trial, something a little lower than that. It’s tough to tell at this point.”
On Monday, four more parents changed their plea from not guilty to guilty to their crimes related to the college bribery scam. Of the parents involved in the college cheating scandal, 19 have pleaded guilty. Loughlin is preparing for trial.