Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges related to the college admissions scandal, the Associated Press reports.
The couple is accused of allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes in order to gain their daughters admittance to University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither of them rowed crew.
Loughlin and Giannulli waived their rights to appear in Boston Federal Court. After rejecting a plea deal with prosecutors last week, Lori and Mossimo were hit with additional charges, and could now face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Actress Felicity Huffman, another high-profile name linked to the college admissions scandal, is set to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud. She and 14 other defendants agreed to plead guilty.
Huffman expressed regret for her actions in a statement, “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.” Huffman added, “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
On Monday's show, the hosts of “The Real” weighed in on reports that said Lori Loughlin allegedly “felt that she hadn’t done anything that any mom wouldn’t have done,” and Tamera disagreed.
Tamera explained that parents go the extra mile for their children, but that’s not what’s happening here. She said, “To me, I think it’s important to be the best possible example for your children. The example that she set here was that you can buy your way into success while disrespecting a person who worked their ass off to get there.”
In Tamera’s opinion, if your children want something, they have to earn it and work hard for it. “That’s only going to help your character in life.”