As a parent, you try to do your best for your kids. Sure, sometimes it backfires like the time my mom finally relented and took me to Miller’s Outpost so I could buy a pair of Guess jeans with the ankle zip but none of them fit my fat ass so we both ended up in tears and eating See’s candy on the car ride home. Or, if you’re like Olivia Jade, your parents might try to do you a solid by illegally buying you admission to a semi-prestigious university by pretending you got recruited for the crew team. Sadly, binging on self-pity and Scotchmallows is a far better outcome than what Olivia’s facing. Her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, have both been indicted, and she might get kicked out of school if it turns out she doesn’t know her coxswain from her coccyx.
According to TMZ, the University of Southern California (USC is where Olivia and her sister Isabella Giannulli both “attend”) doesn’t have a blanket policy in place for how they will handle students who have been admitted under false pretenses as a result of Operation Varsity Blues. Instead, they are taking a case-by-case approach. Isabella (also an “influencer”) is in the exact same boat as she was also admitted based on how well she (allegedly) can row.
As for what USC will do with the students whose parents got them into the school via bribery, well-connected sources tell us the students will not all be evaluated the same way. We’re told if the students knew they were admitted because of bribes, they will be expelled. If they were in the dark, the University will evaluate all of the circumstances and the decisions will be student-specific.
According to Vanity Fair, at the direction of the scam’s ringleader Rick Singer, Lori and Mossimo had to get a picture of Olivia on a rowing machine at the gym for her portfolio.
Singer requested a “transcript, test scores and picture on the ERG,” referring to the ergometer, also known as the rowing machine at your local gym. The same process applied, and she was admitted on a conditional basis. This time, however, the counselor questioned whether the two girls really participated in crew.
Somehow, I could see Oliva not batting an eye at being asked to hop on the rowing machine to get her picture taken “for school stuff”. So maybe she didn’t know. Either way, she’s incriminated in another way as well. She’s received a lot of paid sponsorship deals based on her being a college student.
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