Full House star Lori Loughlin breaks silence on Varsity Blue college bribery scandal
Disgraced Full House star Lori Loughlin has broken her silence on her Varsity Blues college corruption scandal which saw her spend two months in jail during her first TV interview.
The actress, 57, revealed she was ‘depressed and broken’ in the period after pleading guilty to paying $500,000 to enroll her two daughters at the University of Southern California in 2019.
After receiving half a million dollars from Loughlin and her husband, fixer Rick Singer arranged to get his daughters Isabella Rose, 23, and Olivia Jade, 22, into the rowing team of school, although they have no experience in sport.
The celeb, known for her role as Full House’s Rebecca “Aunt Becky” Katsopolis, gave her first interview since the admissions scandal – which rocked the nation three years ago.
She spoke about Project Angel Food — a Los Angeles nonprofit that helps those facing food insecurity — during her Lead With Love 3 telethon Saturday on KTLA 5.
Loughlin, holding back his emotions, said: “They welcomed me with open arms at a time when I felt particularly depressed and broken.
“That’s how I found a home here, and that’s what I feel like they did for me, and that’s why I’m so proud to be here and to working with this organization because they really care. It really is a community.
Lori Loughlin, 57, has opened up about her fondness for the nonprofit Project Angel Food, saying she was taken in when she ‘felt particularly depressed and broken’ following the college admissions scandal ‘university.
In the scandal, it was revealed that Lori (center) and her husband Mossimo had paid half a million dollars for their daughters (left and right) to attend USC as rowing recruits although they have no experience in sports.
Lori Loughlin (right) and her husband Mossimo Giannulli (left) were seen leaving court in 2019. They went on to serve time in prison for their involvement in Operation Varsity Blues, a massive nationwide scandal that involved 33 parents.
The New York-born actress says her year-and-a-half working with the organization has been “one of the most rewarding experiences” of her life as she packs up groceries and delivers them to often incapacitated people to leave. Their houses.
In May 2020, Loughlin and her 59-year-old husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the college admissions bribery case.
Loughlin received a two-month prison sentence along with a $150,000 fine and 150 hours of community service following the guilty plea.
She began her sentence in a federal prison in Dublin, California in October 2020 and was released in December.
Loughlin’s husband, Giannulli, received a five-month sentence with a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
He began his prison sentence in November 2020 and was transferred to house arrest in April 2021, about a month before the end of his sentence.
The celebrity couple were arrested in what has been called Operation Varsity Blues – a huge nationwide scandal that involved 33 parents.
Loughlin began her sentence in a federal prison in Dublin, California in October 2020 and was released in December.
Loughlin, she was grateful to the nonprofit organization. “They welcomed me with open arms at a time when I felt particularly depressed and broken”
Loughlin with her two daughters Isabella Rose, 23 (left) and Olivia Jade, 22 (right) pictured in 2014
Influencer Olivia Jade was at the center of the scandal, when her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli paid her $500,000 to get her into the University of Southern California as a rowing freshman.
At the center of the case was Loughlin and Giannulli’s youngest daughter, influencer Olivia Jade.
In YouTube videos posted before the scandal broke, Olivia told fans she ‘didn’t really care about school’ and was more interested in the social scene as she prepared for school. his next university experience.
The influencer gave her followers tips for applying to college – just days before federal agents arrested her parents for their involvement in the conspiracy.
She has since apologized for the comments and returned to social media after a brief hiatus when the scandal broke in March 2019.
Earlier this year, she insisted she was a ‘straight A student’ who ‘worked really hard’ in high school even before her parents paid her $500,000 to get into the University of California du South.
Professionally, Loughlin’s legal troubles kept her out of the fifth season of Fuller House and her return to the small screen came late last year in a two-part Christmas special for the When Hope Calls series.
Earlier this summer, she appeared on her first red carpet following the scandal, as in June she was at RJ’s Place for the 2022 DesignCare gala, benefiting the HollyRod Foundation.