Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannuli have tried their hardest to fight charges of federal program bribery, fraud and money laundering. While it looks like they most definitely did use $500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, admitted into USC through the rowing team, they’ve denied such things with every breath. They’ve stuck to the story that the $500,000 was merely a donation to the school and was meant to help the underprivileged. As for the lazy shots of their daughters on a rowing machine, even though prosecutors have emails of College Admissions Scandal mastermind, Rick Singer, asking for an “action shot” of Olivia Jade to boost her athletic profile, sources close to Lori and Mossimo claim the pictures are not a smoking gun. But Olivia Jade is insanely embarrassed by them.
Lori and Mossimo’s legal team has been desperately asking prosecutors to release evidence in a bid to get their case thrown into the trash, and I bet they regret that stupid move. Because prosecutors released documents, some of which show that Lori and Mossimo put pressure on Rick to get their daughters into USC, and prosecutors also released the pictures of Olivia and Isabella on a rowing machine. A source tells E! News that Olivia hated that:
“Is fully aware [that] this predicament is ongoing and she will have waves of sadness and anger… [Both sisters have] definitely been leaning on each other and it’s been helpful that they are going through this together… The family is constantly stressed and there are a lot of ups and downs. They try to stay positive but it’s a cloud over their head at all times.”
Olivia has apparently spent a lot of time during lockdown at her boyfriend Jackson Guthy‘s house in Malibu.
“Olivia has seen her parents during quarantine but is spending most of her time at her boyfriend’s house in Malibu. [Jackson Guthy]’s parents have a compound in Montecito that they have been spending time at as well… Olivia is trying to move forward with her parents.”
Meanwhile, People has a source who says that Lori and Mossimo knew the release of the rowing pictures was coming:
“They have known that the photos would eventually be released, because they are part of the discovery. They were prepared that they would be released, they just didn’t know when. It didn’t come as surprise.”
The source went on to say that the pictures are not damning and they weren’t charged with “taking pictures”.
“As damning as it looks, keep in mind that they were following Rick Singer’s instructions, and he was having them do a lot of things that they didn’t understand… Legally speaking, the photos are not evidence of criminal wrongdoing.. They’re definitely eye-grabbing, but they are not charged with taking photos… They are charged with conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, as well as fraud and money laundering. The common denominator behind all those is money. And they didn’t realize that the money that they paid was considered a bribe. At Singer’s directive, they were giving money to the school as a donation that they thought was perfectly legal. People donate to colleges and universities all the time. You’ll get no argument from me that they’re not a good look, but they’re not some smoking gun that proves the charges against them.”
Ah yes! The well-known part of donation-giving: proving you can row by staging photos of your kids on rowing equipment. Churches don’t accept any money without it!