A guidance counselor at Olivia Jade Giannulli’s elite Los Angeles prep school, who raised concerns about her admission to the University of Southern California, may be called as a witness in the case against her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, according to a report.
Olivia Jade and Lori Loughlin attend an event at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in February 2018. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
The counselor at Marymount High School was involved in some kind of confrontation with Giannulli in the spring of 2018 after questioning why Olivia Jade was admitted to USC as a crew athlete when she had never rowed for Marymount’s rowing team, according to federal prosecutors in the nationwide college admissions case.
The entertainment site TooFab said the counselor would be called as a witness if the case against Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, goes to trial.
The “Full House” actress and her fashion designer husband are among dozens of wealthy parents who have been charged with paying college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to bribe their children into top U.S. colleges.
Loughlin and Giannulli husband allegedly paid Singer $500,000 to have Olivia Jade, 20, and her sister, Isabella, 20, falsely designated as recruits to USC’s crew team, even though neither had ever competed in the sport previously, according to the complaint against the couple, filed in federal court in Boston.
The Bel Air couple have pleaded not guilty to two counts fraud and money laundering charges, with each charge carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Unlike other parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, Loughlin and Giannulli decided against taking a plea deal.
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli at an event in Los Angeles in 2000. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
They reportedly want to take the case to trial by claiming they were manipulated by Singer and didn’t know that what they were doing on behalf of their daughters was illegal.
“(Lori and her husband) claim they were under the impression they might be breaking rules, but not laws,” a source told Entertainment Tonight last month. “They realize how serious the charges are, but feel that once the judge hears their story he will see they had no bad intentions.”
Meanwhile, contrary to previous reports, neither Olivia Jade nor Isabella has received so-called target letters from federal prosecutors saying that they also under investigation in the case, the Los Angeles Times reported last week.
Isabella Giannulli was admitted to USC in the spring of 2016, after one of Singer’s alleged accomplices, former USC associate athletic director Donna Heinel, falsely presented her to a university subcommittee as a purported crew member, according to the complaint.
The following year, Singer allegedly worked out the same scheme with Loughlin and Giannulli on behalf of Olivia Jade. In this case, Giannulli provided Singer with an “action picture,” a photo showing aspiring YouTube celebrity Olivia Jade posed on a rowing machine that would allow her to be falsely presented as a crew …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment