Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannuli pleaded not guilty to the things they’re accused of in Operation Varsity Blues. It was reported months ago that they thought they could pretend they didn’t know that the $500,000 they paid to some person who wasn’t USC was not going to USC–or some other bizarro excuse which would lead to them not knowing it was a bribe. Now we’ve come full-circle of that sentiment as it’s being reported that Lori and Mossimo believe that they will be “exonerated” at trial. But will she ever be exonerated for When Calls The Heart?
Lori and Mossimo are still dealing with the fallout of allegedly using half a million dollars to bribe their daughters’ way into USC by faking that they were on the rowing team. While other rich people have already pleaded guilty to the scheme which was orchestrated by William Rick Singer–who turned on all his clients after getting caught himself–Lori and Mossimo seem pretty Hell-bent on beating the system.
A source tells Us Weekly that these two are ready to get their little asses in court and redeem themselves and get “fully exonerated,” which makes me think they don’t know what that word means because the guy who orchestrated it confessed and so did the other people involved, but anyway.
The source says the couple are “actively engaged in their defense,” so you know it’s going to be good. If an actress and a fashion type can do anything really well, it’s litigate in a criminal trial. Oh and don’t even think about talking about a deal. The source says the couple “won’t even talk about taking any type” of plea bargain.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Tonight is saying that there is some actual positive news, and not just intensely wishful thinking, as the stress between her and her daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, seems to be dying down. A source tells them:
“Their family situation has improved. Lori knows they will all grow and learn.
A second source adds:
“Things are better than they were. Time is helping to heal.”
It’s nice things are better in the family because with a defense as stupid as Lori’s, they should soak up all the family time they can before court. These ET sources are also, again, trying to pitch this: “She didn’t know it was a bribe-bribe”-thing:
“The drama seems to have died down since the initial shock… She still feels she was deceived by those who set up the payment for her daughter’s acceptance [into USC].”
This source also adds another layer to that narrative saying Lori:
“Has claimed to some friends that she was told the money went to the school.”
So let me get this straight, you thought you were spending half a million dollars giving money to the school so that they would… what? Believe your daughter was on the rowing team? …That’s a bribe still. So her defense is, “I was trying to bribe the school directly as opposed to through this intermediary?” Oh, Aunt Becky, have you ever even played a lawyer on TV before?