Beloved television starlet turned federally indicted defendant in a criminal complaint Lori Loughlin (pictured) and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday (November 20).
This court date was an arraignment on a new bribery charge for Loughlin and also a hearing in which proceedings for an earlier charge faced by her and her husband were continued.
HVY.com previously reported on October 31 that Loughlin and her spouse were charged with multiple felony counts of fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. These charges were tied to Loughlin’s involvement in a Hollywood-wide college admissions scandal. As HVY.com also included in our Halloween 2019 report, actress Felicity Huffman also earned a felony charge behind her role in the pervasive scandal.
Though Huffman got off with a slap on the wrist, her fellow actress Loughlin is facing much stiffer penalties over a much larger amount of money (Huffman’s $15,000 to Loughlin’s $500,000). A photo published by the Boston Globe depicts a visibly frightened Loughlin, 56, during a recent appearance walking near the courthouse where she is fighting her criminal case.
The former Full House co-star looks a far cry from her dazzling days on camera for TV as a symbol of suburban privilege. It is safe to say Loughlin’s image was insulated inside the pristine shield reserved for those in American pie’s upper crust. But after this national college admissions scandal erupted, the trappings of those cushy confines was caught under the white light of justice, not Hollywood.
Nonetheless, Loughlin’s desire to give her three daughters (who are now no longer attending USC) a competitive edge against the average-income majority among college applicants is very much American. The core institutions of this nation’s ruling establishment were built on the premise of a “survival of the fittest” mentality.
However, the ones who have always been deemed the most fit are those who can afford to bribe the rule makers. Though her future conviction may go down as warranted, imprisoning Lori Loughlin for decades will not stop the systemic, education-based competition plague of ethnic and economic supremacy.
This plague has run rampant within the U.S. institutions of higher learning for years. Yet the only thing federal policy makers claiming to work for the greater good can say is that the country has a broken system.
Neither party has done much to fix it over the last few decades.