After months spent maintaining their innocence and even accusing prosecutors of stymieing their defense, actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli have reportedly agreed to plead guilty to their role in the College Admissions Scandal.
Loughlin and Giannulli, who are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to scheme mastermind Rick Singer to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose in USC, were among a handful of holdouts in the case. According to BuzzFeed News, Loughlin has agreed to a sentence of two months in prison, a $150,000 fine, and 100 hours of community service, while Giannulli agreed to a more brutal five-month sentence, plus a $250,000 fine, and 250 hours of community service. Giannulli is taking the heat for more charges than his wife, who will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud; Giannulli will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, plus honest services wire and mail fraud.
Even as other parents pled guilty and did their time—including actress Felicity Huffman, who served all of 11 days in a California prison—Loughlin and Giannulli continued to dig in their heels. But their prospects of overcoming the rap looked increasingly bleak as details of the case emerged, including a document that appeared to be a (poorly) falsified athletic resume for daughter Olivia Jade, who was admitted to USC as a member of the crew team, despite that she’s a social media influencer rather than a rower.
Loughlin and Giannulli are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal.