Lori Loughlin Reportedly Worried Criminal Charges Will Overshadow Her Career and Ruin Her Reputation
While the actress is centering all her current efforts in trying to find a way round the charges she is facing in the college admissions scandal and sparing her daughters, she is worried about her legacy.
54-year-old Lori Loughlin and her legal team are moving every piece they can think of to avoid been convicted for the charges against her and her husband 55-year-old Mossimo Giannulli, which include mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy.
The perspective of spending up to 40 years in prison if she is found guilty of both charges is scary enough, but she is also dealing with the personal and professional consequences of the scandal that has taken over her life since mid-March.
A STAIN ON HER NAME
Even if she manages to walk away from this free or with a reduced sentence, the “Fuller House” star will have a hard time recovering from the fallout, and she might be facing the end of her career as she knew it.
“Lori is shocked and saddened that this is what her legacy is going to be,” a source familiar with the case told People.
“She never intended to break any laws, and if she did, it was inadvertent.”
Loughlin had won America’s heart for her portrayal of the adorable character of “Aunt Becky” in the hit series from the 90s “Full House,” a role she reprised in the Netflix produced 2016 sequel “Fuller House.”
So far, Loughlin’s personal life hadn’t been the subject of any scandal, but now that she has been exposed in relation to the bribery scam that has infuriated many Americans, she is reportedly concerned about how she will be remembered.
GUILTY OR NOT?
Her decision to plead not guilty of any of the charges she is facing was met with outrage and disbelief by the public at large.
Nevertheless, sources argued that the actress and her husband “had no choice” but to stick to the non-guilty plea as the only way to avoid jail time, following her legal team’s advice.
While Loughlin has refrained from making any public comments on the case, it has surfaced that she and her husband claim that they were not aware that what they were doing in order to get their daughters in a prestigious university was illegal.
“You read the complaint and they look like criminal masterminds,” the source shared.
“But they really didn’t know the legalities of what was going on. They’re not lawyers and they’re not experts. They were parents who simply wanted to make sure that their daughters got into a good school,” added the informer.
“She never intended to break any laws, and if she did, it was inadvertent,” the person close to Loughlin defended.
LATEST LEGAL MOVE
The actress and a group of parents indicted in the college admission case are making a new attempt at delaying the trial, this time by requesting the prosecutors to allow them to review the evidence against them.
Despite the authorities’ claim that the evidence against these wealthy parents who tried to bribe their children into elite universities is “extremely voluminous,” the defendants are complaining about not having seen any of it.
Considering this, the parents’ legal team filed a motion on April 22 requesting the suspension of any major decisions until their demands to review the prosecution’s findings are met.
"Litigating substantive motions in a piecemeal fashion and before Defendants have an opportunity to become familiar with the government's evidence could substantially prejudice the Defendants' ability to make proper legal arguments to contest the allegations," the motion argues.