It appears the gravity of Lori Loughlin’s legal situation has finally hit the actor. After early reports that the Fuller House star was in denial about the severity of her case, Loughlin has now accepted that she is facing hard time behind bars and she’s doing everything she can to understand her case.
“Lori is obsessing over every detail of the case,” a legal source tells People. “She’s not working, she’s not doing anything. She’s just reading the files again and again.” The source also said that Loughlin, as well as her husband and daughters, have been advised to ignore press surrounding their case. Adds the source, “The family was told to remove their Google alerts and to stop searching their names because it’s not good for them to see what’s being said. But this is a full-time concern of hers.”
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are both facing forty years in jail for their part in what has been dubbed Operation Varsity Blues. The college admissions scandal includes 50 people, including exam administrators and wealthy parents who worked together to gain entrance for their children into elite colleges. Loughlin was one of the most famous names attached to the case, with actor Felicity Huffman also targeted by the FBI.
Huffman, who paid $15,000 to help her daughter earn a higher score on the SATs, pled guilty to her involvement in the scandal. Huffman is currently awaiting her trial, but prosecutors are reportedly recommending that the Desperate Housewives actor pay a $20,000 fine and serve 12 months of supervised release. Huffman is one of the 14 parents involved in the case who has pled guilty, but Loughlin and husband Giannulli maintain their innocence, a gamble that could land them decades behind bars.
Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 to help their daughters secure spots at University of Southern California, a fee that included forged documents and even pictures showing the girls in front of a boat, all part of the rouse that the teens were admitted to the school as part of the crew team. News of the scandal has already cost the family, with Loughlin losing her jobs on Fuller House and the series When Calls The Heart. The couple’s 19-year-old daughter Olivia, who had built a following as a YouTuber, lost her sponsorship deals with Sephora and Tresemme.
Loughlin and Giannulli are due back in court later this month on August 27 and the couple are expected to waive their rights to separate attorneys and instead put forth what their legal team hopes to be a ‘united front.’ According to People, Loughlin is carefully watching the other defendants in the case. “She wants to know who is getting what punishment and how their cases differ from hers,” says the source.