The former “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin just broke down during a virtual hearing as a judge handed down her prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal.
Fox News reported that Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton sentenced Loughlin to two months behind bars, agreeing to the terms of the plea deal she took two months ago. Loughlin appeared to be unemotional at first as her attorney BJ Trach said she is “profoundly sorry” for her actions, but when it came time for her to talk to the judge directly, she could be seen fighting back tears.
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“I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process and in doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass,” she said. “I have great faith in God, and I believe in redemption and I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good.”
She said she now understood that her decision helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society.
“While I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move forward,” she said as her voice cracked and she began to cry.
“I am truly, profoundly and deeply sorry,” she said, using both hands to wipe tears from her face. “I’m ready to face the consequences and make amends.”
On top of her prison time, Loughlin will have to pay a $150,000 fine along with two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Earlier in the day, her husband Mossimo Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison as well as a $250,000 fine with two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.
Loughlin and Giannulli have 60 days to pay their fine, and they will need to report to a facility that has yet to be determined on November 19 before 2 p.m.
“I do deeply regret, as [attorney] Sean [Berkowitz] said, the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife, and others. I take full responsibility for my conduct, I’m ready to accept consequences and move forward with the lessons I’ve learned from this experience,” Giannulli said during his hearing.
Gorton held nothing back as he blasted Giannulli during his sentencing, saying that the designer belongs in prison to dissuade others in his position who believe they have enough money to buy whatever they want. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling agreed to the terms of the plea and explained why Giannulli got a harsher sentence than Loughlin:
“The crime Giannulli and Loughlin committed was serious. Over the course of two years, they engaged twice in Singer’s fraudulent scheme. They involved both their daughters in the fraud, directing them to pose in staged photographs for use in fake athletic profiles and instructing one daughter how to conceal the scheme from her high school counselor.
As between the defendants, the evidence suggests that Giannulli was the more active participant in the scheme. He engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities.
Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he catch on to their fraud.”
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Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribe money to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before.
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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