Lori Loughlin Regrets Pleading Not Guilty, Still Thinks College Bribery Case Is ‘Misunderstanding’
The ‘Fuller House’ star is reportedly scared after seeing others be sentenced and wondering if ‘she’s made the wrong decision’ by rejecting an initial plea deal.
AceShowbiz –Lori Loughlin is allegedly not as confident as she was before while heading into the trial in college admissions scandal. The 54-year-old actress and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their daughters Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade accepted into the USC as part of the school’s rowing team even though neither of them participated in the sport.
But now the mother of two is reportedly second-guessing her decision to reject a plea deal. “She is watching the reduced sentences of those who have taken plea deals, and wondering each day if she’s made the wrong decision,” a source tells ET Online. While the “Fuller House” star “still feels it’s a huge misunderstanding,” she couldn’t help feeling “scared” after “seeing others be sentenced” in the case.
The source adds that Lori “feels very much alone” amid the bribery scandal. “While a few friends have stuck by her side, many others have cut her off,” so the source claims, noting that “Lori has no choice but to hang in there and do the best she can.”
While she’s trying to live a normal everyday life and stay strong, it’s not because for her because she “doesn’t have the support she once had,” according to the source. “She is feeling a ‘fall from grace’ having had a persona as a wholesome mom and now being seen as a pariah,” the source says.
It’s even harder for Lori that people criticize her if she keeps a positive attitude during an outing. “People keep giving Lori a hard time for being out and about and looking carefree,” the source claims, “but she realizes that she might end up in prison and this might just be her last months of freedom for some time.”
The source additionally says Lori’s daughter Olivia has gotten back together with her boyfriend Jackson Guthy, whom she reportedly split with last month. “Olivia is seeking support from her friends,” the source says. “She and her boyfriend have reconciled for the time and spending time with him helps to separate her from the situation.”
Meanwhile, The Blast reports that Lori and Mossimo are fighting to keep the law firm of Latham & Watkins, which has represented him for more than two decades, as their legal team in the case. The government filed a motion saying the firm had a conflict of interest because they represent the University of Southern California in other unrelated cases.
In court documents obtained by the site, the firm states, “Giannulli and Loughlin are innocent of the charges brought against them and eager to clear their names. And they believe their interests will be advanced most effectively by presenting a united front against the Government’s baseless accusations.”
The firm believes there is “no material risk of a potential conflict as a result of its joint representation of Giannulli and Loughlin.” They additionally argue, “USC is not a party to this case, and its status as an alleged victim does not automatically trigger a conflict of interest requiring Latham’s withdrawal. Latham will avoid any direct adversity with USC by relying on co-counsel to handle any cross-examination of USC witnesses and any restitution proceeding in which USC’s financial interests are directly at stake.”
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