When Lori Loughlin takes the stand, and is asked if she’ll tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, I’m sure she’d love to answer: “Of course. And I can honestly say I never thought we’d get caught. Trial over? Can I go back to making Hallmark movies now?” But that kind of honesty isn’t going to win over any jurors, so she and her legal team have got to come up with an air-tight defense for why she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 to fake their daughters’ way into USC via bogus rowing credentials and phony rowing team pics. According to TMZ, Lori and Mossimo think they’re in the clear, because the pictures were allegedly never sent to USC.
One of the allegations against Lori and Mossimo is that they had Olivia Jade and Isabella’s rowing credentials faked so that they could get into USC as athletes. This was a red flag since Olivia and Isabella reportedly went to a high school that didn’t have a rowing team. Their alleged solution was to make Olivia and Isabella look like varsity rowing team members by photographing them on a rowing machine.
Prosecutors have argued that Rick Singer – the college admissions scandal mastermind – allegedly told Lori and Mossimo to take the rowing machine pictures and submit them with their daughters’ admissions package. The purpose of the pictures was allegedly to make it appear as though Olivia and Isabella had rowing experience. Prosecutors allegedly believe the only purpose of the pictures was to defraud the university.
But the pictures might have never been used. USC sources tell TMZ that the pictures were never part of the Giannulli girls’ admissions package. The same sources say that Lori will be using that as her main defense. The pictures never did appear so away from prison you must steer.
Lori and Mossimo’s other defense is that they never thought the money would be used for admissions scamming. They will also allegedly play the “poor lil’ ol us didn’t know we were being scammed” act. As well, Lori has accused prosecutors of hiding evidence which shows they care just too much about the needy.
It was also reported last week that Lori had hired a prison expert, like some kind of rich lady remake of Get Hard. TMZ says that’s not true, and Lori hasn’t hired any kind of prison consultant.
I understand if USC never received those pictures, but that doesn’t negate the fact that they were taken. And for what purpose would you need pictures of two aspiring college students on rowing machines, who are trying to get into college based on the lie that they’re rowers? Lori better get that story straight. Hey, maybe she can hire someone to fake a receipt from a furniture cleaning company back-dated a few years, and try to claim that the rowing machine was the only viable chair in the house at the time.