Lori Loughlin is ‘afraid of being penalized for her fame’ in college admissions scandal and ‘carefully monitoring’ how Felicity Huffman is handled by courts
Lori Loughlin is worried she may get the book thrown at her in the college admissions scandal just because she is famous.
A source close to the Full House star, 54 and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli claims that the couple is viewing the court’s handling of Felicity Huffman as a barometer for how they will be treated, according to People Magazine.
Huffman tearfully entered a guilty plea in a Boston federal court to a conspiracy charge on Monday.
Keeping a watchful eye: Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are reportedly watching how prosecutors treat Felicity Huffman in court as a barometer for their own case and worry their fame will be used against them, according to People Magazine
The proceedings were ‘carefully monitored’ on social media and through news reports by Loughlin and Giannulli in an effort to get some insight into how they may be treated in court by the prosecution, a source said.
‘Lori is watching Felicity’s case very closely,’ an insider told People. ‘She’s relieved that it doesn’t look like the prosecution is making an example of Felicity, and is adhering to the law.’
The source said the When Calls the Heart star’s biggest concern was that she would be made an example of just because she is famous.
‘Her big worry was that she would be treated unfairly as one of the more famous people involved in the case,’ the source added.
‘Lori is watching Felicity’s case very closely,’ an insider told People. ‘She’s relieved that it doesn’t look like the prosecution is making an example of Felicity, and is adhering to the law.’ (Huffman pictured heading into court on Monday to enter a guilty plea)
‘She’s afraid of being penalized for her fame, but it looks like prosecutors may be making a good faith effort to treat each defendant fairly. ‘
On Monday Felicity Huffman entered a guilty plea after she was accused of making a $15,000 payment to have someone secretly correct her daughter’s answers on the SAT exam.
Huffman and Loughlin are among dozens of prominent parents, athletic coaches and others charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scam that has embroiled elite schools across the country, such as Stanford, Georgetown and Yale.
A handful of parents entered or planned to enter guilty pleas to the initial charges, including Huffman, and those who did not were later indicted on additional superseding charges.
Fears: The source claims that Lori is afraid she will have the book thrown at her just because ‘she’s one of the more famous’ people accused of being a part of a wide spread bribery scheme to swindle their children into elite colleges
Lori and Mossimo are accused of allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters Isabella and Olivia Jade into USC.
In April, Lori pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from the scandal and seems to think she will likely get off without jail time.
Recently the actress reportedly told confidants that she was getting increasingly more confident that she would never see the inside of a jail cell.
‘The more that [the attorneys] look at the alleged evidence against them, the better they feel about the case,’ a source close to Lori told People. ‘Everyone is feeling more and more confident that this could end well for them.’
Legal woes: In April, Lori and her husband Mossimo pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from the scandal and seems to think she will likely get off without jail time
An insider told People that Lori ‘would like’ the case to go to trial.
Adding: ‘[She] feels like she’s got a valid defense, and that when all the evidence comes out, that she won’t be found guilty.’
Loughlin and Giannulli filed court documents waiving their right to appear for an arraignment and entered not guilty pleas to the charges against them.
A Boston judge granted their requests, meaning they will not have to show up at federal court to be formally arraigned.
Sentencing for Felicity Huffman is scheduled for September and prosecutors are requesting four months in prison.
Waiting game: Sentencing for Felicity Huffman is scheduled for September and prosecutors are requesting four months in prison