It has been confirmed that actress Lori Loughlin has been sentenced to two months in federal prison for taking part in one of the biggest college-related scandals in the history of the United States.
As for Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, he has been slapped with a five-month prison sentence.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic’s chaos, the Full House actress was forced to appear in a zoom video in front of Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, to learn her fate.
It has been revealed that Loughlin initially showed zero emotions during her sentencing, but she almost broke down in tears while apologizing for her actions.
Loughlin has also been ordered to pay a fine of $150,000 and take part in 100 hours of community service. The star, who was caught paying large sums of money to get her daughters — Isabella Rose Giannulli
, 21, and Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20 — into the nation’s most prestigious universities, must also serve two years of supervised release.
Loughlin told the judge in her tearful apology: “I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process. In doing so, I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass. I thought I was acting out of love for my children, but in reality, it only undermined and diminished my daughters’ abilities and accomplishments.”
She went on to say: “More broadly, and more importantly, I now understand that my decision helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society generally, and the higher education system more specifically. That realization weighs heavily on me.”
She concluded by: “And while I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move forward. 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 and give back for the rest of my life. I am truly, profoundly, and deeply sorry. I am ready to face the consequences and make amends.”
Felicity Huffman who got 14 days in prison for taking part in the same college admissions scandal and Loughlin are being bashed for what many call white privilege.
The name of Tanya McDowell is often mentioned. McDowell, a black mother, was sentenced to prison for five years for falsifying her son’s residence to get him into a better elementary school.
One critic lashed out by saying: “Unbelievable. And Tonya McDowell got 5 years for a lying about an address. Smh. That black mother who just wanted to send her child to school in a better neighborhood she’s still in jail, isn’t she???? She’s doing or did way longer than that for less.”
Another social media user had this reaction: “But a black woman who lied about her address to get her daughter in a better school is serving five years. No white privileged in these decisions, right?”
Loughlin and her husband must begin serving their sentences on November 19.