Actress Lori Loughlin was one of many people who were charged in a massive college admissions scam earlier this week. Now the Hallmark network is dropping her like a hot potato.
Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as recruits to the crew team, despite the fact that the girls don’t participate in crew.
Lori faces charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and she went into police custody on Wednesday. Later that day, she was released on a $1 million bail bond. However, she’s also facing other consequences for the allegations.
After many years of starring in successful Hallmark movies and TV shows, Hallmark released a statement that it will no longer be working with the 54-year-old actress.
“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” the statement read. “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin, including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production.”
Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli were two of 50 people who were indicted in the most massive college admissions scam ever prosecuted in the US.
Other notable people allegedly involved include actress Felicity Huffman and husband William H. Macy.
The scam operation — dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” because why not? — was run by a college admissions counselor, William Singer. He has admitted to helping parents orchestrate millions of dollars in bribes, cheating on entrance exams, and posing some of the kids as athlete recruits.
Parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to get their kids into schools like Stanford, Yale, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest University, and Georgetown University.
Lori, Mossimo, and Felicity have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Felicity and husband William allegedly used the fraud service to get their eldest daughter into college by cheating on her SAT scores. Felicity sent a bribe of $15,000, disguised as a charity donation.
Lori’s scam, however, is even more shocking to fans. She and her husband reportedly paid bribes totaling $500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia and Isabella, into USC. The money was used to have their daughters designated as recruits to the college’s crew team, despite the fact that the two do not actually row crew.
The court documents imply that, unlike most of the children involved, both Olivia and Isabella knew about the scheme. They apparently took photos of themselves on a rowing machine to pull off the scam.
Moreover, Olivia posted a video on YouTube stating that she didn’t “really care” about college (she later apologized). While her mom was being indicted with a felony, Olivia was busy partying on the yacht of a USC board of trustees member.
Since the indictment, Olivia and Isabella have dropped out of USC, Page Six reports. A source told TMZ that the girls are worried about being “viciously bullied” if they returned to school, and you know what? They probably would be!
The public is NOT happy about these revelations, and the court system doesn’t seem to be going easy on the alleged celebrity scammers either. Both Lori and Felicity were taken into police custody earlier this week, along with 11 other defendants.
Lori Loughlin was released on a $1 million bail shortly after her arrest. Similarly, Felicity was released on a $250,000 bond.
But the actresses’ struggles are far from over.
The Hallmark network issued a statement that it will no longer work with Lori Loughlin in current or future projects.
Hallmark provided the statement to the Hollywood Reporter:
“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin, including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third-party production.”
Lori is famous for her roles in Hallmark holiday movies. She also plays Abigail Stanton in When Calls the Heart, as well as Jennifer on Garage Sale Mysteries.
Lori has yet to make a public statement about the allegations against her and her husband. She did, however, delete her Instagram account after the news broke.
Olivia, Isabella, and the other kids aren’t named in the court documents.
“It remains to be seen if we charge any students,” Andrew Lelling with the US Attorney’s Office in Boston told reporters. “The schools are not considered co-conspirators.”
Indeed, USC sent an email to students asserting that the government sees the school as a “victim” in the scheme, not a perpetrator.
Meanwhile, Olivia and Isabella reportedly plan to “lay low” and, uh, skip out on college for now.
What. A. Mess.